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.