Saturday, 28 December 2013

An Elegant Birthday

Hello Bloggers,
Today I want to share with you a card that I've made for my Mother's birthday.  I've used a new die from Joy Crafts "French Lilly Oval" 6002/0254 that I purchased from Jacqui at Kookaburra Crafts.  It's a beautiful intricate die and I can see a lot of uses for it. I had a lot of fun playing with it and absolutely love the end result.
Kookaburra Crafts runs 4 cardmaking classes per week (check out the blog for more information) and Jacqui decided to have a combined Christmas party this year and have a card competition as part of the day, there was no theme to the competition and I entered and won with this card, so I'm really happy with it and I thank everyone who voted for it.
Thanks for dropping by,

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Bloggers,

I would like to wish everyone out there a really wonderful, safe and blessed Christmas and New Year.

Here it is Christmas night and I’m blogging, but I wanted to share just a couple of the many Christmas cards I made.  These are ones I was really happy with and they are also for family members.

Three of the five cards use the Spellbinders Majestic Labels 25 which I’ve really fallen in love with, it is just beautiful. They all use Spellbinders and Marianne Design dies and lots of layers and handmade flowers.






Thanks for stopping by,



Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Cards!

Hi Bloggers,

Just a quick blog today.  I was asked to make some Christmas cards as a donation to my Nieces ballet group for a fundraiser they are doing, so I thought I would share them with you.

These are a great little design if you are after something quick and easy to do in bulk.  I’ve used 1 sheet of white A4 cardstock cut in half then folded one piece in half for the card base, with the remaining half I’ve cut it down to 9.5cm x 13.8cm (embossed this piece with a holly embossing folder from “Embossalicious”) and 6cm x 11.5cm (stamped the bottom of this piece with a “Merry Christmas” sentiment from Justrite).  Die cut a Christmas tree (using the free die from the Australian Simply Cards magazine) from glitter foam and attached that to the stamped piece of white cardstock.  I’ve then cut 2 pieces of coloured cardstock that match the glitter foam to 14.3cm x 10cm and 6.5cm x 12cm.  I’ve attached the embossed white panel and die cut panel to the appropriate coloured matts and then glued the embossed panel to the card base, attached a bow to the Christmas tree panel and mounted it with foam tape to the embossed panel. There you have it, quick and simple.



Happy crafting!



Friday, 29 November 2013

Birthday Cards

Hi Bloggers,

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve had problems with my sight for a while and I finally went to the optometrist and had my eyes checked and was told by the lovely man at the optometrist that my eyesight problems were part of the natural aging process…..yay, I’m getting old (and it sucks)….lol

Anyway…..on to the cards.  I’ve actually got 3 cards today, 1 is a Christmas card (just a quick and simple one) and 2 birthday cards.  I’ve made both of the birthday cards for my Mum one to give to a friend and the other one to her sister.  They are both based on cards that Jacqui from Kookaburra Crafts did in class a few weeks ago.

Both of them use the beautiful Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One S5-181.  I love these, they are so versatile.

The first card uses some Pion Design DP paper Almas Sewing Room and some pearl cardstock that I picked up up from a dollar shop.  The flowers are made from this cardstock and the Sizzix Susan’s Gardens Hibiscus die (I just love those dies too).  I’ve used the hibiscus die to make roses.  The other flowers are from Cheery Lynn including the buds which are from the Rose Strip dies.  The sentiment panel is a Joy Crafts Oval Frame die 6002/0258.


Card number 2 I’ve used Spellbinders Rose Creations for my roses (this die set is definitely in the favourites list for me because you can make way more than roses with it). The smaller white roses are from the Cheery Lynn Rose Strip dies. I’ve used the same die for my rosebuds and the leaves are also a Cheery Lynn strip die. The sentiment panel on this one is a Spellbinders Majestic Elements die Opulent Ovals S5-160.  The designer paper is from a Prima A4 paper stack Romantique Collection.


Last but not least…. a quick and simple Christmas card.  This card was made with some glitter foam for the Christmas tree (die cut with a freebie die on the Australian Simply Cards magazine) plain white and green cardstock and some crochet cotton (it looks a little like twine but it really is crochet cotton). 


Thanks for dropping by,



Saturday, 7 September 2013

A Wedding Card

Hello Bloggers,

Todays card was made for a friend who was going to her sister’s wedding.  It’s actually been cased from a another blog Paper Pastimes click “here” to see the card that I cased and check out her other work while you are there. This lady is seriously talented, I love her work, it’s just divine.


I hope you enjoy this card, the ingredients for this card are: White Linen Cardstock, designer paper, Spellbinders – S6-005 – 5 x 7 Elegant Labels Four, Spellbinders – S4-190 – Labels Four, Spellbinders – S5-086 – Bitty Blossoms, Cheery Lynn Design – Black Eyed Susan, Cheery Lynn Design – Wreath Strip, Cheery Lynn Design – Flourish Leaf Strip, Cheery Lynn Design – Medium Rose, Couture Creations – Tied Together Embossing Folder, Justrite Stampers – Wedding Nested Stampers (one of the older ribbed sets), Versafine Ink, Distress Ink, White Pearls.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for looking.



Saturday, 31 August 2013

More Class Cards

I am sorry it’s been so long between posts.  I’ve been unwell and I’ve had kids home from school sick also.  It’s been so much fun, I think they’ve been tag teaming with being sick over the winter months.

I’m playing catch up now and here are two cards that I’ve managed to make for Kookaburra Crafts classes in the last couple of months. (Months! I have been slack).

Card 1 – Blossom Corners

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I love this card, the beautiful corners by Heartfelt Creations are just so dainty and lacy I love them.

The ingredients for this card are: White Smooth Cardstock, Pink Bazzill Cardstock, Scrap of green cardstock, Heartfelt Creations HCD 729 – Decorative Blossom Corners, Marianne Creatables LR0241, Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Justrite Stampers – Thank You Labels Twenty, Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet Justrite Stampers, White Satin 25mm Ribbon,1 x 3cm White Rose, 2 x 2cm Pink/White Roses, 3 x 1.5cm White Roses, 1 x White Mini Rosebud, 3 Stamens

Card 2 – Butterfly on Lattice


I love butterflies and this Craftables one by Marianne Designs is just divine. I made the background paper for this card by squishing the distress ink pad onto a craft sheet and spritzing it with water, then dip an old toothbrush into the ink and use your fingers to flick the ink onto the background paper.  It’s a really quick and easy way to make a background paper and you could use a couple of different colours for a different look.

The ingredients for this card are:  A4 White Smooth Cardstock, Bazzill Basics Cardstock, Scrap of green cardstock, Scrap of 170gsm Parchment Paper for the flowers, Spellbinders Lattice Motifs, Craftables Butterfly – CR1205, JustRite Custom Dies – Vintage Labels Four, Spellbinders – Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, Nellie Snellen Floral Punches – Sm, Med & Lg, JustRite Becca Feeken Stamp Set, Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, Old Toothbrush, Versafine Smoky Grey ink

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day!


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Because You Are So Beautiful…….

Hello Bloggers,

Today I have another card made for classes at Kookaburra Crafts.  This card was made using the beautiful Joy Crafts dies.  They are gorgeous, and so much fun to play with.



The rose is made using a combination of the Spellbinders Rose Creations and the Bitty Blossoms and the daisies are made with the Joy Crafts Daisy die. Mmmm……. I think I may have to do another flower tutorial on here to show how I made the rose, they are quick and easy to do.

I hope you all enjoy todays card.

Thanks for looking.



The ingredients for this card are:

White Smooth Cardstock, Bazzill Basics Cardstock, A4 Heavy Weight Parchment Paper (for flowers), Scrap of green cardstock, Joy Crafts Square – 6002/0147, Joy Crafts Corner – 6002/0148, Joy Crafts Daisy – 6002/0024, Spellbinders Rose Creations, Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, Nellie Snellen Floral Punch - Single Rose Leaf, JustRite Papercraft – Just The Right Words, Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz – Matching Colour (Faded Jeans), Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose, Adirondak Ink – Denim (or other matching colour), Pearls

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Papers and Pixels

Hello Bloggers,

Just a short blog today.  I am really excited to let you all know that I have been featured in an American online magazine called Papers and Pixels, I feel quite honoured.

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I had put a picture of one of my cards in my gallery on Splitcoaststampers, were I was approached by Laura Boetto, who is the Editor in Chief of Papers and Pixels, asking if she could a little article on me for the magazine.  I was over the moon, how exciting!  Now it has all come to fruition and I am in the May 2013 edition.

It just goes to show how easily these things can happen.  So don’t be shy guys, join Splitcoaststampers or somewhere similar and get your cards out there, be proud of your efforts and show the world.  It’s exciting and fun, it’s also quite interesting to read the feed back on your gallery.

Click “here” to be taken to their website.  It is only $1.50 USD for a copy of their magazine and they do have quite interesting articles in their magazine.

Thank you Papers and Pixels for including me in your magazine.

Thanks for looking


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Kookaburra Crafts Monthly Challenge

April Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Rhonda who won the Mothers Day Challenge at Kookaburra Crafts, your card is just beautiful.

Rhonda’s Winning Card

Anyone wanting to have a look at some of the talent in Jacqui’s class please click “Here” and go on over and have a look.

May Challenge

MMMM…..Mays challenge should take a lot of people out of their comfort zones, it’s “Colours of Autumn”.  It will be really interesting to see the entries for this challenge, I’m sure they will all be beautiful as always.

Click “here” to pop on over to the Kookaburra Crafts Blog to have a look at this months challenge details.



Kookaburra Crafts Class Cards

I thought I would share some cards I’ve made for Kookaburra Crafts for class cards.  Both of these cards use the Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight. We decided to do another week of one die two ways.  I hope you love these as much as Jacqui and I do.

Because You Have Loved Me


This card uses Ivory Linen cardstock, Bazzil Basics cardstock, the beautiful Designer Paper is by Graphic 45 “Beautiful Blooms”, Spellbinders “A2 Filigree Delight”, Spellbinders “Lacey Pennants”, Spellbinders “Bitty Blossoms”, Cheery Lynn Designs “Butterflies – DL 112”, Cheery Lyn Designs “Angel Wings – DL112A”, Justrite Papercrafts “For All You Do Vintage Labels 3”, Adirondack Ink “Pool”, Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz “Broken China”

I spent the day with Jacqui “playing” to design this card, I had everything worked out and the bulk of things cut out and ready to go and ran out of time, so I kindly left Jacqui to finish it off, she just loves it when I do that to her.

Beautiful Blooms

“Beautiful Blooms” Designer Paper

by Graphic 45


A2 Filigree Delight

“A2 Filigree Delight”

by Spellbinders

Birthday Blessings


This card uses White Linen cardstock, Bazzil cardstock, Spellbinders “A2 Filigree Delight”, Spellbinders “Floral Ovals”, JustRite Papercraft “Celebration Labels One” CR-04460, Cheery Lynn Designs “Butterflies” DL112, Cheery Lynn Designs “Butterfly Angel Wing” DL112A.

I finished this one off myself.  It was actually the first one I made that day.

Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for looking


A Mothers Day Card

Hello bloggers, I hope everyone is well and looking forward to Mothers Day this Sunday.  Unfortunately I have to work, but my gorgeous Daughter, Briana, went with friends to a horse show at Gatton on the weekend and spent her money on a present for me for Mothers Day and couldn’t wait a week to give it to me, so I had my day a week early.

Now on with my card for today, I have made a Mothers Day card using the beautiful Spellbinders die set Elegant Labels 4.  I love these new sets Spellbinders have brought out.

Happy Mothers Day

I made this card a couple of weeks ago for a Mothers Day challenge at Kookaburra Crafts, but Jacqui made me promise not to put it online until the challenge closed. 

So the challenge has closed, I don’t know who won, but voting is now over so I think I’m safe to post it.

For this card I have used, Bazzil Basics cardstock, designer paper from one of the many pads of paper I have at home, Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4, Spellbinders Wonderful Wings, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Flower Punches by Nellie Snellen, Cheery Lynn Designs Wreath Strip and the sentiment is from JustRite Papercraft. All of my flowers are handmade.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Carnations in Navy

Good evening everyone.  My last post was a tutorial on making paper carnations and I gave a bit of a sneak glimpse of a card that we were teaching in Jacqui’s classes at Kookaburra Crafts during this last week, well here is the whole card.

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This cards uses Bazzil basics cardstock in navy and green, Ivory Prismacolour Cardstock, ivory linen paper, Marianne Creatables Die – LR0200, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large & Small,Cheery Lynn Designs Wreath Strip Die – B216, Cheery Lynn Designs Flourish Leaf Strip Die – B178, Nellie Snellen Floral Punch – Medium Rose Flower, Nellie Snellen Floral Punch – Small Flower – 1 and Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz in Chipped Sapphire, Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone.

Thanks for Looking


Sunday, 31 March 2013

A Carnation Tutorial

Good evening, I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter and that the Easter Bunny left lots of yummy Easter eggs for you all.

Tonight I’m putting up a tutorial on making carnations.  They really are very basic and I’m sure there are plenty of other tutorials out there on making them, but this will be my take on it.


This is a glimpse of an upcoming class card for Kookaburra Crafts and on this card we are making 3 of the carnations, 2 small and 1 large..

I have used Spellbinders Scalloped circles, the smallest of the Small scalloped circles for the 2 smaller carnations and the smallest of the Large Scalloped Circles for the large one. In the above picture there doesn't appear to be much difference, but on the actual card it is quite noticeable. If you don’t have these you could use a punch or hand cut some circles.  You need 6 for each carnation.

I have also used Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz in Chipped Sapphire, a brad to hold them together, a water spritzer, a piercing tool and mat.


Once you’ve die cut your circles, ink around the edges of all of your circles, on both sides, with your chosen colour ink.


Stack all the circles, don’t worry about trying to line up the scallops.  Fold one gently into four and squeeze the middle to give you a centre point.


Place the circle with the marked centre onto the rest of the pile, place on a piercing mat and use your piercing tool to poke a hole through all 6 layers.


Place a brad though the hole you’ve just made and open it up to fasten into place.


Lightly spritz the flower with water.


Pull the first layer of the flower up and scrunch it fairly firmly.


Continue to spritz each layer lightly and scrunch them all up, until you end up with something like the picture above.


Once you have spritzed and scrunched each layer, then carefully pull the layers apart, leaving the centre layer still quite scrunched.  Use a heat tool to dry your flower for immediate use or simply allow it to air dry before using it.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Hi all, this is my first ever blog post and hopefully there will be many more to come.  I am addicted to Card Making and I hope I can offer some inspiration to anyone who visits my blog.
I make cards for friends and relatives as well as design for my wonderful friend Jacqui Callon at Kookaburra Crafts.
I’m including pictures of just a couple of my cards to get started.

Black and White Challenge Card.
Black and White
This card was made for a challenge at Kookaburra Crafts for the November 2012 Challenge.  I have used dies from Spellbinders, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn Designs, punches from Nellie Snellen and Martha Stewart and the sentiment and back stamps are from JustRite Papercraft.  The flowers are all handmade.

You Are In My Prayers
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This gorgeous card was created using the new Spellbinders 5 x 7 Elegant Labels Four.  I just love this new range of dies they are wonderful.  All I’ve added to this card is a little bit of ribbon, some bought flowers, some punched leaves and a couple of little pearls.  I’ve also done a little bit of inking using the Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz.  The card really was quite quick and simple to make.
It was made as a class card for Kookaburra Crafts.

Masculine Birthday Card
Masculine Birthday Card
This card was also made as a class card for Kookaburra Crafts. It uses stamps by JustRite Papercraft for the sentiment, main image and background and dies by Spellbinders. The background was stamped and then inked with Ranger Distress Inks by Tim Holtz.  I find it really hard to come up with masculine cards, but I was really happy with this one.

Thanks for looking.