Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day....and a birthday card

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers. This is my first mothers day with two children. My daughter was born in July last year, after a real battle to get her. She is a blessing. Her and my 4 year old son are such a gift and I love them both so much. They are such great kids, and so much fun to be around. I absolutely love being a mum and spending every day with them. It is my true calling in life. I was very spoiled today, and I hope you all were too!
I know I should be posting a mothers day card today, but I have a birthday card instead. This is using some Papertrey Ink products, and was very simple and quick to create. I stamped the flowers in Crisp Canteloupe ink them dabbed them in melon Mambo ink as well to create a two tone effect. I then stamped the flower borders in Melon Mambo ink. I used the birthday die, a Kaisercraft background stamp, and some sequins to finish it off. Later, after the photo, I added a vellum butterfly using a Martha Stewart punch to the top right of the card under those sequins.

Stamps: Garden Grace (Papertrey Ink), Tiny Dot (Kaisercraft)
Ink: Melon mambo, Crisp Canteloupe, Wild Wasabi, Mellow Moss (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, melon Mambo (Stampin Up)
Papers:   -
Accessories: Sequins (Spotlight), Garden Grace die 7 Text Block - Birthday die (Papertrey Ink), edge distressor

Friday, May 2, 2014

Dig In

I have another boy birthday card today! It's my last of the crazy birthday season for my son's friends, and also my family! Nothing till June now! My cousin who's eldest is 3 soon, also has a boy who's one just before that! I wanted to make another one of the digger cards I showed in a previous post. This time I coloured the digger green, and I just love how it turned out! Such an easy image to colour. I used papers from Echo Park's That's My Boy collection, which is so bright and fun.

Stamps: Dig In (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It 
Papers: That's My Boy (Echo Park)
Accessories: Hemptique twine, Stampin Up button, MFT Big Numbers die, Cuttlebug dot embossing folder, Spellbinders circle die

Monday, April 28, 2014

Big Delivery

I have two cards to share with you today. Both using the same stamp set. My cousins eldest is 3 and my friends youngest is 2, and they both love cars, so I made them both a car card I know they'll love!
Because I made them both at the same time, I used the same My Mind's Eye paper pad - Boy Crazy. It's a collection I haven't used much of, but has perfect colours for toddler cards :)I coloured both cars and cupcakes with copic markers and added dazzling diamonds on the cupcakes.

Stamps: Big Delivery (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), So saffron (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Baja Breeze (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Boy Crazy (My Mind's Eye), Glimmer paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Stampin Up buttons & dazzling diamonds, Whimsey Farm twine, MFT Big Numbers die, Black marker pen, Pinking circles stacklets die (Taylored Expressions)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope you all have a lovely day celebrating with loved ones. We don't give or receive Easter cards, but my mother in law wanted one for a friend of hers who just happens to love rabbits. It was the only Easter card I made this year! The image and sentiment are from Tayored Expressions', and the papers are My Mind's Eye. I coloured the bunny in with copic markers and mounted the circle on glimmer paper. I added a double line of faux stitching around the edges.

Stamps: Easter Doodles (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Lavender (My Mind's Eye), Glimmer paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Hemptique twine, Stampin Up buttons, doily, Smokey Slate marker, Spellbinders circle and petite scallop circle dies

Monday, April 14, 2014


Another birthday card!!! It's a real busy time of year for us birthday wise. The little boy I made this for loves cars, truck, trains, diggers, you name it! And I was so excited to use this new stamp set from tailored Expressions. It even comes with a matching die, making it very quick to use! I coloured the digger and traffic cone in with copic markers and used felt for the grass.

Stamps: Dig In (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, basic Black (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Out Of The Blue & Fly A Kite (My Minds Eye)
Accessories: Spotlight button, Flat bottom cloud die & Big Numbers die (My Favourite Things), Grass border die (Taylored Expressions), Taylored Expressions felt, Spellbinders circle die, Whimsey Farm twine


Just like my son, his best friend loooooves dinosaurs. And his favourite colour is orange, so I decided to make an orange dinosaur card for his birthday, of course! I really need a new dinosaur stamp set because the only one I have is this Stampin Up one, and I can only give the same kids the same dinosaurs on their cards maybe twice??? Anyway, for this card I used this cool star paper from an old My Mind's Eye collection, and used a circle of vellum over the top right corner. I love adding vellum over part of a bold print. Sometimes the print is a bit much without it! I coloured the T-Rex in copic markers and used dimensionals to pop him up a bit so he looked like he was standing in the grass. And yes.....I finally got myself a grass die, so no more hand cutting! Yay!

Stamps: Dinoroar (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso (Stampin Up)
Papers: Fly A Kite (My Mind's Eye), Glimmer paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Stampin Up button, Hemptique twine, brown marker pen, Spellbinders circle die, Page banner strip die & Big numbers dies (My Favourite Things), Pinking Circle Stacklets & Grass Border dies(Taylored Expressions)

Mothers Day Wishes

Firstly, sorry about the slightly wonky photo. I accidently deleted the good one off my camera & then sold the card so I only had this photo to upload :( Anyway, I just received another Papertrey Ink order in the mail and these gorgeous flowers are from the Delightful Dahlia Additions stamp set. I've never tried 3 step stamping before, and these flower images were a bit tricky to line up. I'm sure I'll get used to it the more I use it though :) I think they look stunning still. I used Teresa Collins papers and embossed a white frame onto kraft cardstock for the sentiment.
Stamps: delightful dahlia Additions, Boutique Borders Birthday (Papertrey Ink), Joyful Blooms (Verve)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Crisp Canteloupe, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)
Papers: He Said She Said (Teresa Collins), Glimmer paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Kaisercraft pearls, Spotlight lace, White embossing powder & heat gun, sewing machine

Wish Big

It's birthday season for my son's friends, and here is a card I made for his friend Madeline. She loves everything girly, and everything about parties. What little girl doesn't! And who can resist a giant birthday cake ;) I coloured this one with copic markers and added some dazzling diamonds to the edges, as well as a silver number 4 sticker. I used the banner punch from Stampin Up's sale a bration promotion for the banner and added white sequins. 

Stamps: Birthday cake (Stamping Bella), Wish Big sentiment (many mini's - Occaisions by Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whipse White (Stampin Up), Copic X-Press It, Vellum
Papers: Confetti (Kaisercraft)
Accessories: Modern morocco background die (My Favourite Things), Stampin Up buttons & white twine, Spotlight sequins, Cre8tive number 4 sticker, doily, Stampin Up banner punch

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Christening/Baptism Invitation

Here is a quick invitation I made for my son and daughters upcoming Christening. Because they are both getting Christened at the same time I couldn't do it either pink or blue, so I thought yellow, grey and white was a appropriate and lovely combination :) The cross is from Stampin Up and I inked it in So Saffron Ink and then inked the corners in Smokey Slate.

Stamps: By Invitation (Papertrey Ink), Trefoil Cross (Stampin Up), Unknown Basic Grey stamp
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), So Saffron, Smokey Slate (Stampin Up) 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, So Saffron (Stampin Up)
Papers: Glitter paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Kaisercraft Pearls,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bubble Therapy

I'm having some trouble with Blogger at the moment so hopefully it'll all be figured out soon and I can get some posts up. I have so many to share! This one was in drafts so it was good to go! It's almost Mothers Day again (in Australia), and so I have started making a few cards for the mothers and grandmothers in my life. This card was featured in last month's issue of Australian Carmaking, Stamping and Papercraft. The floral paper (which looks a bit like old style wallpaper don't you think?), is from Crate Paper's On Trend collection. I paper pieced it for the bath and used stamps from The Cat's Pajamas and Verve for the sentiments.

Stamps: Bubble Therapy (The cat's Pajamas), Happy Thoughts (Verve)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Crum cake marker
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)
Papers: On Trend (Crate Paper)
Accessories: Verve Scalloped Trim Trio border, Fancy Pants Blue button, Spotlight black buttons and lace, Stampin Up linen thread, sewing machine, Stampin Up dazzling diamonds

Monday, March 10, 2014


It was my son's 4th birthday two weeks ago, and although he had a Kung Fu Panda themed party, he requested a dinosaur card  with 2 dinosaurs on it. Yes, very specific! So this is what I made him! He loved it. The dinosaurs are from a Stampin Up set and I coloured them with Copic markers. I hand cut the grass and used white cardstock and blue paper for the clouds. I used glimmer paper to cut the 4. I love those chunky numbers for kids cards!

Stamps: Dinoroar (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry cobbler, Vellum, Glimmer Paper (Stampin Up)
Papers: Fly A Kite (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: My Mind's Eye and Spotlight buttons, Jillibean Soup twine, MFT big numbers die

Special Delivery

Papertrey Ink has the most wonderful baby stamps. This set is probably my favourite. The stork is so adorable. I stamped it on white cardstock and added some dazzling diamonds to it's wing. The papers are My Mind's Eye. I used white cardstock and vellum for the clouds and sewed through them. I am STILL yet to buy a grass border die, so mine is hand cut, and I sponged the tips with Pistachio ink. And after I made this one for a friends mum, I had some requests for a boy version. So here it is!

I'm not sure which one I like better!!!
Stamps: Bundle Of Love (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Tuxedo Black 9momento), Copic markers, Old Paper (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake (Stampin Up)
Papers: Be Amazing and Be happy (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Hemptique twine, Stampin Up buttons, Edge distressor, sewing machine, dazzling diamonds

Ewe Complete Me

Hi there! I have a set of three cards for you today. They were published in Februarys issue of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft. 
I used the one stamp, from the Cat's Pajamas Ewe Complete Me set, to create all three cards. I couloured them in with copic markers, and all the papers are from My Mind's Eye.

Such cute sentiments, they could be used for partners, friends, or family!

Stamps: Ewe Complete Me (The Cat's Pajamas)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up)
Papers: Dolled Up (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: Doily, Stampin Up heart Trio punch, Prima resin blossoms, sewing machine, Spotlight buttons & lace, Ranger liquid pearls, Spellbinders circle dies

On Your Wedding

One of the most difficult card genres I have trouble making is wedding cards. I love to make Valentines day cards, and Love cards, but wedding cards are another level I feel. For this one, I used the MFT modern Morocco cover plate die. I layered a glimmer paper heart on a white scalloped heart, and embossed a smaller teal heart. I used two overlapping doilies for behind the hearts, and a spellbinders label to stamp the sentiment on. It was the perfect size!

Stamps: Happily Ever After (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Island Indigo (Stampin Up)
Papers: Glimmer Paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Spellbinders hearts, and label dies, doilies, MFT Modern Morocco die, Stampin Up crystal buttons & ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder

It's A Girl

I love making baby cards. And one of my favourite sets to use is Hello Baby from Flourishes. However, I have always used the other images in this set and this is the first time I've used this tree one, and oh my gosh I love it!!! It's very quick and easy to colour. And I paper pieced the baby clothes and bib using some old My Mind's Eye papers that I always seem to use on my baby cards! I added a vellum label and doily behind the image and some glimmer paper and lace to make it especially girly :)

Stamps: Hello baby (Flourishes)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Copic X-Press It, Whisper White (Stampin Up), Glimmer paper (Stampin Up)
Papers: Be Happy (My Mind's Eye), He Said She Said (Teresa Collins)
Accessories: Doily, Spotlight lace, Spellbinders label die, sewing machine, Stampin Up crystal button

Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Birthday

What little girl doesn't love fairy wings, glitter and pink right? I had that in mind when I made this card. The adorable image is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks. I coloured her with copic markers and added some dazzling diamonds to her wings. You can't really see in this picture, but I embossed white flowers onto the text paper and stamped pink lines over them. I don't use yellow very often, but this paper from Fancy Pant's Wonderful Day collection was just the right shade for what I wanted.

Stamps: Happy bug and extras digital stamp (Tiddly inks), Moka Madelyn (Taylored Expressions), Flower Friend (Simon Says Stamp), Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin Up) 
Ink: Tuxedo black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin up), Copic X-Press It
Papers: Wonderful Day (Fancy Pants)
Accessories: Stampin Up buttons, My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Spotlight lace, The cat's pajamas twine, Spellbinders label die, white embossing powder, heat embossing gun

Sunday, February 23, 2014

With Sympathy

I just received my first order from Papertrey Ink! I am a long admirer of their stamps and especially the work of their amazing design team and I don't know why it's taken me this long to put an order in! But anyway, this is my first card with my new stuff! I love this Feather Finery stamp set. The sayings are so uplifting, and although not sympathy sentiments, I thought the feathers were just perfect for that. And I'm a little obsessed with background dies. Who isn't at the moment!

Stamps: Feather Finery, Boutique Borders - Sympathy (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: -
Accessories: Papertrey Ink Chevron cover plate, Spotlight sequins and buttons, Whimsey Farm twine 


Another card using Papertrey Ink products. I was a little unsure about buying this heart coverplate but I'm so glad I did. I love it! I cut it a little on the sides to fit my card size, and added some glimmer paper behind it. The sentiment is from the Sending My Love set. I only really had "I Love You' sentiments and not much else to use on a love card, so this stamp set is perfect. The sentiments are large, and are worded lovely. The paper is from Studio Calico and I paper pieced the banner part with the same paper.

Stamps: Sending My Love (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Vellum (Stampin Up)
Papers: Snippets (Studio calico)
Accessories: Stampin Up clear buttons, Spotlight lace, Papertrey ink Heart cover plate

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Oh Carp


This is the first belated birthday card I've ever made! I'm always on time sending mine out and have never needed a one, but Taylored Expressions have the cutest belated birthday stamps I couldn't resist buying a few. My dad loves to fish and I know I'll use just the image on one of his future birthday cards, but I thought I'd make this card a bit neutral so it can be used for a male of female. Or is it to feminine? Regardless, I coloured the fishies with copic markers and the papers are from Teresa Collins' Family Stories collection - love them!

Stamps: Oh Carp (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic markers
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey (Stampin Up), Copic X-press It
Papers: Family Stories (Teresa Collins), Glimmer Paper (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Fancy Pants buttons, Jillibean Soup twine

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Got Love

I'm so into Valentines Day cards this year! I've loaded up my supplies with cute love stamps and I can't stop using them! This adorable penguin is from The Cat's Pajamas. I lightly coloured it in with copic markers and paper pieced the hearts. Unfortunately this is my last heart doily. I must buy more of them! So cute! This paper is actually Stampin Up and I love the bright colours for Valentines. And it's a nice change from pinks!

Stamps: Got Love (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Pool Party (Stampin Up)
Papers: Fresh prints, Glimmer paper (Stampin up)
Accessories: Stampin Up Crumb Cake buttons, Fancy Pants teal button, Ellen hutson doily, The cat's Pajamas Heart trio die The Cat's Pajamas twine, Tim Holtz edge Distressor

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Your Birthday

Here's another card I made over the weekend. I used the It's Your Birthday stamp from Taylored Expressions and coloured it with Copic Markers.  I sponged around the edges with Old paper Ink and paper pieced the tiny balloons with some of the floral paper from My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks collection. So cute! I added some zig zag stitching up the top and a giant button which is actually from a Fancy Pants Christmas collection!

Stamps: It's Your Birthday (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (momento), Copic Markers
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin up)
Papers: Miss Caroline - Fiddlesticks (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: MFT doily die, Spellbinders label die, Fancy pants button, Prima flower, Hemptique twine, sewing machine


Hi! We've just had a long weekend here in Australia, and with my husband home to help with the kids, I had plenty of time to make some cards :) I'm going to call this one I've made a pre teen/teenager birthday card. Always a tricky age group! Can't go wrong with stars though! I die cut these ones using the MFT Stacking Stars die and did some shabby stitching through some of them. I love orange and teal together, and I think they work well as bright boy colours don't you think?
Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Copic Markers
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: Fly A Kite (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: My Favourite Things Stacking Stars die, Taylored Expressions Notepaper Border die, Black Spotlight buttons, Whimsey Farm twine, sewing machine

Friday, January 24, 2014


So I'm really in a Valentines mood of late. I only make a card for my husband each year and don't really make too many other love cards throughout the year, but I just can't seem to stop! Perhaps he'll receive a few, just because, this year! Another thing I can't stop right now is using vellum and glimmer paper. I can't seem to pack them away! I'm sure they'll make their way back into my draw at some point. In the meantime, here's a cute card and bottle set I made using some Basic Grey papers and a Taylored Expressions bottle - just the right size for some small candy or mints. Although I'm yet to fill mine yet! The stamp I used is from the Doodle Flowers set from Jane's Doodles. I used white embossing powder to create the flowers, and white embossed some leaves on vellum. I did some small zig zag stitching on the top right of the vellum and on the green paper strip.

Stamps: Doodle Flowers (Jane's Doodles)
Ink: -
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Papers: Serendipity (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Taylored Expressions bottle, Thickers, My Mind's Eye buttons, white sequins, corner rounder, sewing machine, white embossing powder and heat gun, Spellbinders circles dies, cuttlebug dots embossing folder, doily, white twine (Stampin Up)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Nicest Place To Be

This adorable image is from the Ewe Complete Me stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas. It's another set I'm completely in love with, and just looks so super cute on a card. I coloured the sheep with copic markers, and stitched around the edge of the cardstock. The pennant banner is from My Favourite Things. The gorgeous pastel papers are all from an older My Min's Eye collection - Fiddlesticks. With Valentines day coming up, I think I might give this to my husband. He works such long hours and kids and I see him for only a few minutes each morning before he leaves for work, but he's home so late that we're all in bed when he comes home. Weekends are so important to us & spending time together as a family is our priority. I thought this sentiment was just perfect for him :)  

Stamps: Ewe Complete Me (The Cat's Pajamas)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
Papers: Fiddlesticks (My Mind's Eye)
Accessories: We Are Memory Keepers floss, Bag O Buttons buttons, MFT pennant die, cuttlebug embossing folder, Verve charming oval die, Sewing machine

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Simply Wonderful

I've got a little bit of a vellum obsessions at the moment. And one of my favourite ways to use it is to emboss on it with white embossing powder. In this case I used the My Favourite Things Polka Dot Greetings stamp set and embossed the dot frame. I cut around it and added the sentiment using dimensionals. I added another strip of vellum just under the floral paper. For a bit of sparkle I added a circle and butterfly in glimmer paper. And to finish it off I added a bit of shabby stitching  down the bottom.

Stamps: Polka Dot Greetings (My Favourite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Cardstock: Whipser White, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Papers: On Trend (Crate Paper), Glimmer Paper (Stampin Up), Vellum
Accessories: Spotlight buttons, MFT Faux Crochet Border die, White embossing powder, Stampin Up circle punch and Butterfly punch, Kaisercraft pearls, edge distressor, sewing machine