Saturday, 18 January 2014


Hi Bloggers,

Todays card is an entry in this weeks Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge No. 115 “Snowflakes”.  Snowflakes!!!!  I grew up in central Queensland and I’ve never seen snow in my life, so this was a challenge for me.  I own snowflake dies and embossing folders, but even for Christmas cards, I’m not big on snowflakes, because it doesn’t snow here.  But anyway, challenge or not, I’ve given it a go.

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I have embossed my white core cardstock with the CLD Snowflake Flurries embossing plate, I’ve left the paper attached to the plate with painters tape and lightly sanded the cardstock to bring out the embossing.  The darker cardstock for the mat and Elegant Labels 4, I’ve actually coloured with a pearl ink because I couldn’t find just the right colour to use.  I’ve used the same ink to colour both the light and dark poinsettias. The centres have been filled with silver micro beads and the holly flourish has been cut from white cardstock and coloured with a silver mist. Unfortunately, even though Cheery Lynn have a huge range of snowflake dies, I don’t own any.  So I’ve used a snowflake die from Die-namics (I’m unsure of the name of it, I’ve owned it for a number of years), I’ve attached the snowflakes with foam tape and kindy glitzed them, for a bit of sparkle.

Cheery Lynn dies used:  B148 Holly Flourish, DL113 Exotic Butterfly small #2, DL113A Small Angel Wing, B324 Poinsettia Strip, B154 Medium Rose

Other Ingredients in this card:  S4-190 Spellbinders Labels 4, S6-005 5x7 Elegant Labels 4, Die-namics Snowflakes, ribbon, pearls, rhinestone flourish, micro beads, white core cardstock from DCWV, 90gsm white regal parchment paper (for the flowers), white linen cardstock (for the card base)

Have a great day and thank  you for looking.



Friday, 10 January 2014

For Your Special Day!

Hello Bloggers,

We’ve been having a heatwave here over recent weeks and it’s just been so uncomfortable, we’ve lost guinea pigs and a chook and I know of others that have lost pets also, but finally some real relief today, it has rained/drizzled almost all day today, and the temperature has been lovely.  Going from one extreme to the other I feel for those in America living through a blizzard, my heart goes out to them.

On with my card for today, I’ve made it for a Cheery Lynn Designs blog challenge “Winter Whites”.

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To make the card base I cut 2 pieces of linen cardstock at 8 1/4” x 6 1/2” then 1 piece at 1” x 8 1/4” scored this at 1/2” and used it as a hinge to join the first two pieces.

Layer One:  Cut linen cardstock to 8” x 6 1/4”, cut hammer cardstock to 7 7/8” x 6 1/8” glue or tape this to the linen cardstock then attach panel to the base with double sided foam tape.

Layer Two:  Cut linen cardstock to 6 5/8” x 4 7/8”, cut smooth cardstock to 6 1/2” x 4 3/4” emboss in a 5” x 7” embossing folder (I used a Cuttlebug folder, unfortunately I don’t know it’s name) glue or double sided tape to the linen cardstock. Attach to layer one with double sided foam tape.

Layer Three:  From linen cardstock use Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight to cut out the frame, then use Labels Eight to cut the centre out. Die cut the Cheery Lynn French Lattice Frame (FRM132), turn the decorative label eight panel face down, lay the lattice panel on top and mark where you need to cut it to sit nicely behind. Cut it out then glue behind the decorative labels eight frame.  Use the labels eight die and trace around it and cut out, use double sided foam tape to attach the frame to this.  Attach to layer two with double sided foam tape.

Sentiment:  The sentiment is from JustRite PapercraftGrand Birthday Sentiments” and is stamped in “Smokey Grey” ink by Versafine onto smooth white cardstock.  This is then diecut using the Spellbinders “Labels Twenty’Eight” die number 3 and embossed”.  The panel is then attached to the lattice with double sided tape or glue.

Flowers:  The largest flower is cut using Cheery Lynn Designs “Sweet William” strip die.  I’ve used all the pieces, I’ve lightly misted them, then wrapped each petal individually around the barrel of a pen and pinched them.  When they are dry I’ve used a stylus in a circular motion in the flower centre, cupping them more the smaller they get, I’ve put the flower together with a rhinestone brad from small to large alternating the petals as I went.  The roses were made with the Medium Rose strip die from Cheery Lynn Designs, there are many tutorials on making roses with these dies on Youtube.   I’ve lightly inked the calyxes with Bundled Sage Distress Ink from Ranger.  The smallest rose is made using little flowers from the Cheery Lynn Embellisment 3 B265 in the same way as the bigger ones. The leaves are die cut from Cheery Lynn “Wreath Strip” B216, I only used the tips not the whole leaf. I lightly inked the leaves with Bundled Sage Distress Ink also.  All of the flowers and leaves were lightly spritzed with “Perfect Pearls Mists” by ranger, to give them a little shine.

The bow in the corner is 1/2” ribbon tied into a triple bow and then I’ve blinged the card up with some pearls.

Thanks for stopping by,



Sunday, 5 January 2014

A Quick Post

Hi Bloggers,

Just a quick post tonight.  In my last post I shared with you a “Thank You” card that I made for a challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs.  I am very excited to say, that I came an equal first.  This is the first time that I have ever entered an online challenge, so for me, this is very exciting, but I am also very humbled as the other entries were gorgeous. Here is the link to the announcement that also shows the other winner Julie Lavalette.

Thanks for stopping by,



Friday, 3 January 2014

A Thank You Card for a Competition!

Hello Bloggers,

This is a first for me, I’ve made a card to enter into an online card challenge.  I love Cheery Lynn dies, especially the flower making ones.  Cheery Lynn Designs Blog does a weekly challenge and this week it’s a thank you card. You will find the details of the challenge “here”.

I’ve used an old Prima 6”x6” paper stack pad called “Fairy Flora”, I bought it 3 years ago when I was in Mackay for Christmas with family.  I love the paper in it, but find it hard to use because it’s too pretty to cut up!….lol.  The brown cardstock is from a cardstock pack that I bought at Kmart and the cream is from a junk shop.

I’ve also used a new die that Jacqui has gotten in at Kookaburra Crafts, it’s a Joy Crafts die 6002/0304, it’s so pretty and lacy.

All of the flowers and leaves are die cut using Cheery Lynn Designs dies from 190gsm White Regal Parchment paper and coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks then shaped and glued together.

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Finished card is 6 1/2” x 7”

Ingredients used in this card:

Prima “Fairy Flora” designer paper, cream cardstock, brown cardstock, regal parchment paper, Cheery Lynn Designs dies – B339 Gardenia Strip, B376 Tiny Flower Kit, B152 Miniature Rose, B188 Embellishment #2 and B216 Wreath Strip, Joy Crafts die 6002/0304, JustRite Papercraft Stamp set “For All You Do Vintage Labels Three” SW-04420, Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Shaded Lilac, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce and Forest Moss, Versafine “Vintage Sepia” ink, stamens and rhinestones.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you will pop over and check out the other entries in the competition and maybe even join in yourselves.



PS. I am also going to enter this card in the Splitcoast Stampers challenge WT460 – That Awesome Feeling.  You’ll find the details of that challenge “here” and the gallery for the challenge “here”.