Sunday, May 12, 2024

Uniquely Creative Drive and Fly 40th Birthday Card

Hi Blogging Friends πŸ˜€

Today I am sharing a 40th Birthday Card that I made for my nephew.  It is hard to believe he is turning 40; how time flies!

The card I made is from a fabulous Card Kit by Uniquely Creative called 'Drive and Fly' which was originally released in August 2021.  The card kit is sold out at Uniquely Creative - however you can buy the individual components from plenty of other Australian retailers and there are plenty of card samples on Pinterest to inspire you.

I did alter my card a bit compared to the sample picture in the Card Kit and added the 40 which is from the Cut-a-Part Sheet that came in the kit.  I diecut the 40 using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Circle Dies Some of the layers are roughed up a bit on the edges with a pair of scissors and some are popped up with scraps of cardstock which saves on the cost of using dimensionals.

This kit would have to be one of my most-favourite releases by Uniquely Creative as the cars are Australian.  The car on my card is a Holden Torana SLR5000.  Unfortunately, we no longer manufacture cars in Australia due to the cost and we rely on imports these days.

And now a little something about me:  back in my 20s, I used to be in two Car Clubs:  The Ford Four Car Club and The Mini Car Club of Victoria.  I used to compete in Club Level Motorsport and both a racing car and rally car - and it was THE MOST FUN TIME of my life and was a great fit socially for me as I was never into make-up, clothes shopping or going out to parties.  I have always loved cars since I was a little kid, no doubt influenced by my late father's love of cars and encouragement to learn about cars and how to do basic maintenance and even change a tyre or fan belt.  I was fortunate to meet my husband in the Mini Car Club and we have been married for 35 years.  Our racing days are long over as it's a very expensive hobby and sold our last racing car when I was pregnant about 21 years ago.  So, you may have learned a little bit more about me today😊 Probably a surprise as most people look at me quizzically when I talk about my motor racing and rally days!

There is not much else to say about the card other than the finished size is 13 cm x 13 cm or about 5-1/8" x 5-1/8".

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Uniquely Creative Drive and Fly 6" x 6" paper pad

Accessories:  Uniquely Creative Drive and Fly Creative Cuts + Cut-a-Part Sheet + Black Rhinestones, White Card Blank, Big Shot, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Scraps of white cardstock for adding dimension

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Penny Black Balloon Ride Birthday Card

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Today I am sharing a Birthday Card that I made for my beautiful niece:

This is also my card for the following Challenge:

 Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - It's up in the Air

The main image is by Penny Black - Balloon Ride.  Isn't it just so adorable?!!  I stamped it onto watercolour paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and coloured it with a mix of different pencils:  Lyra Watercolours, Faber-Castell Albrecht-Durer Watercolours and Derwent Inktense.  I added some white highlights on the balloons using a White Gel Pen then added Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush which you can't really tell in the photo but it made them look more translucent.

Here is a close-up:

I went over the black lines with a Copic .01 Black Multiliner to darken them up.   I added some Kindyglitz Crystalina Glitter glue to the bear's cheeks.   I coloured some white glitter cardstock using Distress Inks to match the colours of the designer papers and punched them using a very old but very loved punch:  Carl CP-8 Heart Duo and glued them around the image using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  The panel and designer paper layers were diecut using Lifestyle Nesting Card Templates and my Big Shot.

The sentiment is from an old Lili of the Valley UK unmounted rubber set called Circular Sentiments - For You.  I have used this set countless times over the years and it has many different ones to suit whatever occasion you need it for.   LOTV have reissued this set as photopolymer and is available in their Etsy Store - LotvDigiShop.  I coloured the wee flowers on the sentiment with my watercolour pencils and added some glitter to them.  I used Lifestyle Nesting Circle and Nesting Scallop Circle dies to diecut the sentiment panel.

The designer papers are by My Mind's Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable and are really old - from 2013 so LONG retired.  

The centre panel was punched using an EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch.

I kept thinking I needed to add something else to my card and pulled out flowers, ribbons, twine, buttons, charms, rhinestones and pearls - but just couldn't get anything to look right and in the end, I gave up and left it as it was because I had literally spent hours fiddling and needed to get it in the mail.  Honestly it took longer fiddling than it took to make the rest of the card which came together quickly.   So frustrating!

Once I had finished my card front, I glued it to an Anko White Card Base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Finished size is 6" x 6" or 150mm x 150mm.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Balloon Ride - 30-545 clear set, Lili of the Valley - For You Circular Sentiments unmounted rubber

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks (for colouring glitter cardstock)

Designer Paper:  My Mind's Eye - Collectable - Unforgettable 6" x 6" pad (retired - from 2013)

Accessories:  Stamping Platform, We R Memory Keepers Layer Guides, Tombow Mono Multi and Mono Aqua Glues, Born #2 Round Taklon Paintbrush, Lyra + Faber-Castell Albrecht-Durer Watercolour Pencils, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Bellbird Paperarts Watercolour Paper (retired), Big Shot, Copic Multi-Liner .01 Black Pen, Kindyglitz Crystalina Glitter Glue, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush, White Gel Pen, White Glitter Cardstock, Raw Umber Cardstock, Anko White Card Base (K-Mart)

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Card Templates DCD431 (retired), Lifestyle Nesting Circles L-CC-001 (retired), Lifestyle Nesting Scallop Circles (retired)

Punches:  EK Success Scalloped Scallop border EKPL8003, Carl CP-8 Heart Duo

Friday, April 26, 2024

Studio 73 A Country Spring Easter Card

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Just stopping in to share the Easter Card that I made for my daughter:

I am popping this card into the following Challenge:

Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A684 - Easter.

There are no time limits to play Splitcoaststampers Challenges so you can play a Challenge from years ago to now.

The main image, sentiment and designer papers - other than the pink paper - are by Studio 73 - A Country Spring Collection - who are an Australian scrapbooking company.  I don't know if you can buy their products in any  countries other than in Australia.  

I love that there are lots of images and sentiments to use in this 12" x 12" collection so that made a quick and easy card for me to make.  

The pink designer paper is by Anko - Blue Blossom Mini Paper Stack - 6" x 6" - which I bought from KMart.  I used a Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop Edge Punch to punch the pink border.

I added a 1/2" wide Pink Organza Ribbon in two separate elements - and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I glued the bow on using Helmar's Fabric Glue.

The Pink Heart Rhinestones are also by Anko - again bought from KMart.  I added Kindyglitz Crystalina Glitter Glue to the flowers in the main image and the Easter eggs.

Once I had finished the card front, I glued it onto an Anko white card base using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

Finished size is 5-5/8" x 5-5/8" or 143mm x 143mm.

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  A Country Spring Collection 12" x 12" - Studio 73, Blue Blossom Mini Paper Stack 6" x 6" - Anko (KMart)

Accessories:  Kaisercraft Trimmer, 1/2" wide Pink Organza Ribbon, Bow Easy, Kindyglitz Crystalina Glitter Glue, Pink Heart Rhinestones - Anko (KMart), Helmar's Fabric Glue, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, White Card Base - Anko (KMart)

Punches:  Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop Edge

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Penny Black Critters in Love Wedding Anniversary Card

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Today I am sharing a Wedding Anniversary card that I made for my husband.  We are celebrating 35 years!  It really doesn't seem that we were married that long ago but somehow, it is!!  

I am fortunate that my husband loves cute critters and especially cats on his cards which it makes things so much easier because I have a ton of cute Penny Black critters and loads of cats😁

This is also my card for the following Challenges (click on the underlined link to their respective websites for more info):

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - PBSC April - Anything Goes with Optional Extra of Numbers

Crafty Catz Challenge - #669 - Anything Goes + Any Cute Critter

Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday Challenge - F4A729 - Cute Animals

The main image is by Penny Black from the set "Critters in Love".   Isn't it sweet?!  I stamped it onto Bellbird Paperarts Watercolour paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and coloured it with a mix of Derwent Inktense and Lyra Watercolour pencils using a #2 round paintbrush.   I punched a heart using my Carl Craft Heart Duo CP-8 punch and glued it on using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.   I went over all the black lines on the image with a Zig .01 Black Pen to darken then up again.   I diecut the image and the other layers using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Circles dies.

The sentiment is by Elzybells from their Swirly Greetings set.  Unfortunately Elzybells are no longer in business.  I still miss them and treasure all the stamps that I have.  I can't ever imagine having to part with them - I LOVE them!  I used an Impression Obsession Mini Heart Row die to add the hearts either side of the sentiment.  I glued them on with Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinders Labels Trio die and popped it up.

Here is a close-up of the image:

The designer papers are by Bo Bunny - Love Letters - and are really old - from 2012.  

The teal and cherry and cardstock layers on the card base were trimmed to 1/16" using my WRMK Layer Guides.  The black layer was trimmed to 1/8".  

The side panel punched border was done with a Fiskars Scallop Border punch.  I added the ribbon in 2 separate elements.  The side panel is popped up.  For the most part, I use scraps of cardstock to pop up panels instead of dimensionals.  It saves money and uses up my scraps.  I added the ribbon in two separate elements.

Lastly, I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush to the 3 hearts.

Once I had finished the card front, I glued it to a white card base using my favourite glue - Tombow Mono Multi.  Finished size is 5" x 5" or 126mm x 126mm.

I'll finish with a cute photo of our Freya:  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Critters in Love 30-028 clear set, Elzybells Swirly Greetings 20-004-CB clear set (retired)

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Bo Bunny Love Letters 6" x 6" pad (retired - from 2012)

Accessories:  Big Shot, Zig .01 Black pen, Derwent Inktense and Lyra Watercolour Pencils, Born #2 round Taklon paint brush, 3/8" wide Ribbon (stash), We R Memory Keepers Layer Guides, Bellbird Paperarts 140lb Cotton Watercolour Paper, Kaisercraft Paper Trimmer, Stamping Platform, Tombow Mono Multi and Mono Aqua Glue, Cardstock - Black, Teal + Kaisercraft Cherry + scraps of white, Anko White Card Base (KMart)

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles L-CC-001 (retired), Impression Obsession Mini Heart Row DIE134-D, Spellbinder Shapeabilities Labels Trio S3-147 (retired)

Punches:  Carl CP-8 Heart Duo, Fiskars Scallop Border

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Simple Stories Hello Lovely Valentines Day Card

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Today I am sharing a Valentines Day card that I made for my daughter:  

I used a Simple Stories Card Kit called 'Hello Lovely' but made a couple of changes.

I changed the sentiment and added some Stampin' Up! and Echo Park Enamel Dots in matching colours.  I also punched some pale pink glitter hearts using a Carl CP-8 Heart Duo punch and glued them between the butterflies.  I used my 1/2" Corner Chomper to round the right-hand corners.

All the layers were glued down using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Not that you can see in the photo but I added some glitter using my Quickie Glue Pen and Bellbird Paperarts Diamond glitter.  It looks so pretty in real life.  

I am sick with COVID at the moment which is frustrating.  It took me a year to get over my last bout having just got my stamina back in December but would still get really tired.   Hopefully I will bounce back more quickly this time.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Accessories:  Simple Stories Card Kit - Hello Lovely, Enamel Dots - SU and Echo Park, We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper, White Card Base, Pale Pink Glitter Cardstock, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Quickie Glue Pen, Bellbird Paperarts 008 Diamond Glitter

Punches:  Carl CP-8 Heart Duo 

Monday, January 1, 2024

Lavinia Christmas Cards Number 2 and 3

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Here are two more Christmas Cards that I made this year - which are essentially CASE's of Karen Telfer's card from the Lavinia Stamps YouTube Channel.  I did add some of my own touches to it so it isn't exactly the same.  It was really just trying something new to see how it worked out when someone else has already done the hard work.  You can click on THIS to see Karen's card video. 

For the first card, I used the same Distress Oxide inks that Karen did and for the second card, I chose some different ones.

I used Lavinia Multifarious White Cardstock to make the background and added some white copy paper to mask off the area for the snow.  I blended Distress Oxide Inks in the colours Seedless Preserves, Spun Sugar and Wilted Violet using my Ranger Round Ink Blending Tool.  Once I was happy with the blend, I splattered on some water then dried it with my heat-gun.  For the tree background, I stamped various Lavinia StampsTree Scene, Small Fairy Fir Tree and Fairy Fir Tree 2 - some are 1st generation stamping - others 2nd or 3rd - using Altenew Obsidian Black Pigment Ink.

I removed the snow mask then dried off my panel.  I used a Powder Bag on the sky then stamped the Lavinia Mini North Star using Versamark Watermark ink and added some Ranger White Detail Embossing Powder that I added some Bellbird Place Diamond Glitter to - then heat-set it using my heat-gun.  I bought a big jar of this glitter when the store 'Bellbird Place' used to go to Craft Shows but they are no longer in business.  

I stamped the bunny - Lavinia Pipin Mini - and the word 'Hope' which is from the 3 Blessings set - using the Obsidian ink then dried it off so I wouldn't accidentally smear it.  I used a White Posca Pen to make the snow then added tiny dots of glue with a Quickie Glue Pen and sprinkled on some of the Diamond Glitter for some lovely sparkle.  I coloured under Pipin with a Grey Pencil just to ground him. 

Lastly, I went around the image with my Ranger Blending Tool with a mix Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac.  Because I didn't have any matching cardstock for matting the main panel, I made my own using a mix of Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac - and then matted that onto white cardstock.  All the layers were glued together using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  

And now, here is the next card with a different Distress Oxide Combo which is one I came up with as I was feeling brave:

This colour combo is:  Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass.  The card is otherwise the same process as the first one.  I also made my own matting cardstock layer using Wilted Violet then layered that onto a white card base.

The cards are so pretty and sparkly in real life.  Because the weather was so dreary, the photos are a little dull but I had no choice because I needed them for Christmas Day.  Oh well! 

Thank you Karen Telfer for the inspiration.  I wasn't very confident initially with making the blended ink background and doing the stamping because I am not used to doing that sort of thing - but once I had done a couple of backgrounds and was happy with how it turned out, I made a bunch of cards.  Karen's video was so easy to follow and she is very encouraging so I urge you to watch the video and have a go yourself.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lavinia Tree Scene LAV219 + Small Fairy Fir Tree LAV489 + Fairy Fir Tree 2 LAV492 + Pipin Mini LAV581 + 3 Blessings LAV673 + Mini North Star LAV707

Ink:  Altenew Obsidian Black Pigment, Versamark Watermark, Distress Oxides - Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac

Designer Paper and Dies:  None

Accessories:  Heat-gun, Lavinia Multifarious White Cardstock, White Copy Paper,  Powder Bag, Ranger White Detail Embossing Powder, Bellbird Place Diamond Glitter (retired), Tombow Mono Multi Glue, Quickie Glue Pen, Posca White Pen, Ranger Round Ink Blending Tool, Grey Pencil

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Lavinia Stamps Christmas Card #1

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

I have been super-busy in my Craft Room the past few weeks making Christmas Cards and will share them over several blog posts.  

This is one that I made for my Mother:

To make my card, I first masked off the top section on a piece of Lavinia Stamps multifarious card with blue painter's tape so I could ink-blend my background.  I used my Tim Holtz round ink blending tool to blend Distress Oxide inks in the colours Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass.  I removed the tape then heat-set it using my heat-gun.

I stamped my Lavinia Stamps Tree Branch using Altenew Obsidian Black pigment ink.  This ink is my favourite for stamping silhouette images as it gives excellent coverage.  I heat-set the image so I didn't end up smearing it as I am such a clumsy person no matter how hard I try not to be 😏

I added some White Puffy Paint which I bought a few weeks ago from KMart (Australia).  It came in a pack of 12 colours for $9.00.  I heated it and watched the magic as it puffed up to look like snow.

I masked off the card again around the ink-blended panel and splattered the panel using a White Posca Pen and heat-set it because I would smear it for sure!

I stamped the sentiment which is from a set by Lavinia Stamps called Seasonal Words then added various silver glitter cardstock diecut/punched snowflakes of various brands.  I have a container full of punched/diecut snowflakes ready for my cards as I do multiples when I make them.  I added tiny Silver Couture Creations rhinestones to the snowflake centres.

I rounded the RH corners with a We R Memory Keepers 1/2" Corner Chomper then added the panel to a card base and tied on some silver twine.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!  We had a hot Christmas lunch with my brother and family - and my mother was there for a little while as she is 93 and in full-time care and very frail.  I am not sure if she really knew what was happening as she was very mixed up and not making much sense.  It was nice to be together as due to distances, we don't see each other very often.  The weather was very, very wet and dreary - it rained ALL day which is very unusual for our typically hot Summer in Melbourne.  I feel sorry for anyone who planned for their Christmas get-togethers outside - but being in Melbourne, we are known as "4 seasons in one day" and it can be wet in the morning, very hot by lunchtime, very windy and stormy at 3pm and freezing by 7 pm.  You never can tell and the weather forecast is really only a guideline of what "might" happen!

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your support throughout 2023!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lavinia Stamps Tree Branch LAV506 and Seasonal Words LAV838

Ink:  Altenew Obsidian Black pigment, Ranger Distress Oxides in Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass

Designer Papers:  None

Accessories:  Lavinia Multifarious cardstock, silver glitter cardstock (stash), White Puffy Paint (KMart Australia), heat-gun, blue painter's tape, silver twine, White Posca pen, Couture Creations silver rhinestones, Ranger round ink blending tool

Punches:  Martha Stewart Snow Flurry edge (tiny snowflakes), WRMK Corner Chomper

Dies:  Various brands (for larger snowflakes)

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