Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sizzix Branches with Leaves Embossing Folder Card

Hi everyoneπŸ˜€

Well, Melbourne is back in their 4th Lockdown due to COVID-19 so I am distracting myself by doing craft.   I have plans to tidy up my Craft Room as well.  It never ceases to surprise me how much mess you can make from making just one card!

So today, I am sharing a simple card that I hope will inspire you to get out your embossing folders and have a play.  Note that this is NOT my idea and I am pretty sure I first saw it on Splitcoaststampers. 

The embossing folder is a retired one by Sizzix - Branches with Leaves - but there are plenty of other similar embossing folders available.  I coloured the embossing folder with various blue-green shades of Tombow Pens plus a beige shade.  I used my Ranger Mini Mister to spray the embossing folder with water, popped in my cream cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot then dried it off with my heat-gun.  I rounded the top and bottom right-hand corners using my Corner Chomper then tied on the twine.  I layered this onto kraft cardstock, popped the panel up with dimensionals then rounded those corners as well.

The sentiment is from a set by Stamp-It Australia who I don't believe are still in business (correct me if I am wrong).  I know the company was for sale and someone bought it but don't know anything else.   I stamped the sentiment onto cream cardstock using Colorbox Peacock pigment ink then diecut it using a Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities die.  The panel is popped up on dimensionals.

I punched 3 hearts from light beige cardstock using a Carl CP-1 Heart punch and stacked them together for dimension and my card was finished.

This is my card for the following Challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - May 25th Challenge - Anything Goes
Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A584 - Texture

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments that you care to leave πŸ˜ƒ 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Stamp-It Australia siset-014 sentiment set 

Ink:  Colorbox Peacock pigment

Designer Paper:  None

Accessories:  Big Shot, Tombow Pens, Heat-gun, Ranger Mini Mister, Corner Chomper, twine (stash), dimensionals, Sizzix Branches with Leaves embossing folder #661352 (retired), Cardstock: cream, light beige, kraft card base

Dies:  Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities

Punches:  Carl CP-1 Heart

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Maja Design Denim and Friends Cards from Card Kit


Hi everyone πŸ˜ƒ

Today I am sharing two cards that I made using a Card Kit from Bev Cross Crafts (located in Tasmania, Australia) - and was designed by the very talented Lisa Dick.  These card kits have everything you need to make your cards - even the envelopes - and all you need to supply yourself is glue or your favourite adhesive.  I love that the kits list all the products that were used so if you want to purchase them, you know what they are.  

This first card is a birthday card that I made for my niece's 19th birthday:

All the designer papers are by Maja Design - Denim and Friends.  The diecut doily is a die by Find it Trading - Jeanine's Art - and is called Butterflies and Flowers Doily.  The small diecut at the bottom right-hand side is a Sue Wilson die - Configurations Collections - Chantilly Lace Edger.  I did change the design of the card slightly to what was in the Kit as I used a different picture which was a different size and I added the small strip of pink and cream designer paper near the bottom to balance out the design.  I added the flowers from my stash as I mislaid the flowers from the kit.  No doubt the flowers will be right in front of me next time I sit down to make a card πŸ˜•  I added some Kaisercraft Champagne Pearls to the centres.  You can't tell from the photo but I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush in various places but it looks very pretty and sparkly in real life.

My second card was to congratulate my niece on her brilliant Year 12 VCE results.  She is an amazing and inspirational young lady who will definitely be changing the world for the better!

The diecut is a die by Sue Wilson - Festive Frames Overlay and Ornament.  The diecut at the bottom is a Sue Wilson die - Configurations Collections - Chantilly Lace Edger.  Again, I changed the card design slightly and added the 'Amazing' sentiment and the Star on the image just to balance things.  The flowers are a die by Heartfelt Creations - Lush Lilac - and came already diecut with the kit.   I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers, star and sentiment.

Even though this Card Kit is sold out, the designer papers and dies are still readily available.  Please note I have no connection to Bev Cross Crafts - other than being a very happy and long-time customer.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Papers:  Maja Design - Denim and Friends

Accessories:  Tombow Mono Multi glue, tape runner, Kaisercraft Champagne pearls, pink flowers (stash), Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush, Bev Cross Crafts Card Kit

Dies:  Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac, Sue Wilson - Configurations Collections - Chantilly Lace and Festive Frames Overlay and Ornament, Find it Trading - Jeanine's Art - Butterflies and Flowers Doily

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Couture Creations Sunburnt Country Kookaburras on Post Card


Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Today I am sharing another card using the Couture Creations Sunburnt Country range - with a little bit of Uniquely Creative thrown in:

This is also my card for the following Challenges:  

Crafty Catz Challenge #548 of Anything Goes with the optional extra of 'All Creatures Great and Small' - which are my kookaburras

The Male Room - Challenge #149 for April of WoodMy wood is the wooden fence post that the kookaburra is standing on.  

Please click on the underlined link to take you to the challenge.

I have LOTS of masculine birthdays coming up in August - mostly in the first 2 weeks - so I am trying to get ahead a little.  I plan to do lots of Australian-themed cards and are trying to challenge myself to do different layouts and styles (wish me luck as I tend to be a one-trick pony!).

The main image is 3D diecut decoupage (or paper tole) by Couture Creations and only has 3 layers so was very quick and easy to put together.   This was layered onto some designer paper from the 6" x 6" paper pad of the same Couture Creations range.   The two strips of designer paper underneath the kookaburras are by Uniquely Creative from their Country Roads 6" x 6" paper pad.

You can see a close-up of the layers here:

The background corrugated iron, mustard coloured paper and blue paper which has a leaf design on it is all one panel cut from the Couture Creations 12" x 12" paper which you can see here at the bottom right-hand side:

I layered this panel onto a kraft cardstock base which I bought from KMart.  They have a really good range of scrapbooking and cardmaking products at KMart now which is fantastic especially now that Riot Art and Craft bricks and mortar stores have closed.  I used to get my card bases from Riot Art and Craft so it is great that I have an alternative store to go to - especially as there are no papercraft stores anywhere near me.

The sentiment is by Uniquely Creative - Country Roads - Creative Cuts and was popped up on dimensionals.  I added two self-adhesive brown brads either side which are by Stampin' Up but retired.

It was fun to mix and match 2 different company's paper ranges and I just love how my card turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Stamps & Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Couture Creations - Sunburnt Country 12" x 12" and 6" x 6" paper pad, Uniquely Creative - Country Roads 6" x 6" paper pad and Creative Cuts (sentiment)

Accessories:  Couture Creations 3D diecut decoupage - Kookaburra - CO727185, Perfect Layers Tools, dimensionals, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Stampin' Up! self-adhesive brads (retired), Kraft card base

Friday, April 16, 2021

Trimcraft Me to You Sweet Shop Card


Hi everyoneπŸ˜€

Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my sister-in-law.  I seem to have done alot of papertole/3D decoupage cards of late - but they are one of my favourite types of cards.

The main image is from the Trimcraft 'Me to You' Sweet Shop diecut decoupage range which was released about 2016.  When I bought this range, I made up all the decoupage images then promptly lost the snaplock bag with them in and only recently found it.  

The designer papers are from the Sweet Shop 6" x 6" paper pad.  The pale green cardstock is by Bazzill - Dotted Swiss.  The bottom panel was punched using a Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch which I am sure is my most-used edge punch.  The twine is by Darice and came from Riot Art and Craft.  All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The sentiment is by Mama Elephant - Mini Messages - and was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  This is a great little set to have in your stash as it covers so many occasions.  It is designed to match their Creative Cut Tags but I bought it because the sentiments are small and perfect to add to a card when you don't have alot of room and want something small.

The tiny little heart was punched from rose cardstock using my EK Success Arrows border punch as the leftover punchies look like tiny hearts.  I added some Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the heart.

You can't tell from my photo but the image has lots of glitter on it and came that way.  Looks very sparkly in real life.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Mama Elephant - Mini Messages clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Trimcraft 'Me to You' Sweet Shop 6" x 6" paper pad (retired)

Accessories:  Trimcraft 'Me to You' Sweet Shop 8" x 8" diecut decoupage (retired), Stamping Tool, dimensionals, Darice twine, Perfect Layers Tools, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, Cardstock:  Bazzill Dotted Swiss, rose, white card base

Punches:  Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge, EK Success Arrows border

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Couture Creations Sunburnt Country Kookaburra Card


Hi everyone πŸ˜ƒ

Today I am sharing a Wedding Anniversary card that I made for my husband.   I only made it yesterday as I have been sick since last weekend and struggled to do anything much.  Luckily, my husband is on leave at the moment so he has been going up to the shops and making dinner each night.   We celebrated 32 years today which is hard to believe.  He is such a lovely, gentle and kind man and I feel very blessed.

This is also my card for the Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes 6th April.  Please click on the underlined link to take you to the challenge.

We have lots of native birds that visit our garden which we all love and enjoy - and on a very rare occasion, we get kookaburras coming down to our decking.  We hear them laughing in the nearby trees all the time.  So, it wasn't a hard choice to make a card with a native bird on it as my husband loves all the birds who visit us.  The magpies hop on his knee to get a snack which is so ADORABLE!

The kookaburra is diecut decoupage by Couture Creations from their Sunburnt Country range which was released late in 2019.  I adore this range and anything that has Australian images on it is right up my alley.  The decoupage is only 3 layers so was very quick to put together.  I added the gum leaves either side of the image as the image is just a kookaburra sitting on a branch - so I thought it needed a bit of foliage.   The gum leaves are from the Ephemera pack and I cut some of the leaves down so they fitted better.   I fussy-cut the gum blossoms out of one of the 6" x 6" designer papers.  You can see a close-up here:

The background panel was cut from one of the 12" x 12" papers and already had a frame around it which was handy.  I added a strip of corrugated iron paper at the bottom which was cut from one of the 6" x 6" papers.

I layered this onto some more of the designer papers and trimmed the border to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools then layered that onto a cream cardstock base.

The sentiment is by Uniquely Creative and is from their Outback Divine cut-a-part sheets.

Lastly, I glued on 3 x pink hearts around the image using tacky glue.   I got these hearts at a Craft Show (boy, I sure do miss going due to COVID!).  There is no brand name on them unfortunately.   I think you could use this card for lots of occasions just by changing the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Papers:  Couture Creations - Sunburnt Country 6" x 6" paper pad and 12" x 12" papers

Accessories:  Couture Creations - Sunburnt Country CO727185 Kookaburra diecut decoupage and Ephemera pack, dimensionals, Perfect Layers Tools, Artstar Tacky PVA glue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Sentiment - Uniquely Creative Outback Divine Cut-a-part sheet, pink hearts (stash), cream card base

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Hunkydory Easter Bunny Card

Hi everyone πŸ˜€

Today I am sharing an Easter card that I made for my daughter:

This is also my card for the Crafty Catz Challenge blog - #545 - Anything Goes with the Optional Twist of Colour Inspiration.  Please click on #545 to take you to their blog.  

The main image is by Hunkydory and came free with a UK magazine ages ago.  All the designer papers are by Kaisercraft - Lilac Avenue - which is long retired.    I am on a mission to use up my stash of papers.  I hoarded these papers because I love purple and you don't often get purple-toned pads - but it's time to use them and enjoy them.

I layered the main image onto the designer papers using my Perfect Layers Tools to trim the edges to 1/16" and 1/8" respectively.  The tag is also from the same Lilac Avenue pad.  The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn - Chirpy Chirp Chirp stamp set and was stamped using Lawn Fawn Grape Jelly ink.

Here is close-up of the tag:

I attached the Purple Organza Ribbon then added the tag.   I made a bow using my Bow Easy and glued that on top using fabric glue.

I glued the whole panel onto a white card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

I added 3 x Kaisercraft Lilac Rhinestones on the bottom right-hand side and an Artwrap gold heart crystal sticker (which I bought from my local Newsagent) on the bees trail just to add something in that area.  Lastly, I added some sparkle to the tag using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush.  

Here is a close-up of the bee and gold heart:

Finished size is 5" x 5" or 127mm x 127mm.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Happy Easter everyoneπŸ’œπŸ˜˜


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Chirpy Chirp Chirp LF1406

Ink:  Lawn Fawn Grape Jelly 

Designer Paper:  Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue Collection PP804 6" x 6" pad (retired)

Accessories:  Stamping Platform, Perfect Layers Tools, Artwrap Crystal Stickers - gold heart, Kaisercraft Lilac Rhinestones SB705, Image - Hunkydory, Purple Organza Ribbon - American Crafts, Bow Easy, doublesided tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Fabric glue, White card base

Monday, February 15, 2021

Colorado Craft Company Valentine's Day Card

Hi everyone 😊

Today I am sharing a Valentine's Day card that I made for my daughter:

The main image is by Colorado Craft Company and is called Birthday Wishing.  The illustrations in this set are by Anita Jeram who is an accomplished children's book author and illustrator.  Her classic book:  "Guess How Much I Love You" was a favourite of my daughter's when she was little so when I saw this set, I had to have it. 

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using Ranger Potting Soil Archival ink.  To turn the image into a Valentine's Day image, I masked off the balloon and drew in a heart balloon using a Uni Pin Fine Line 0.1 Sepia pen which matched the Potting Soil ink perfectly.

I coloured the image using a mix of Lyra Watercolour pencils and Jasart Voyager Watercolour discs and a No. 2 round brush.  I used a No. 4 round brush for the sky and grass.  Once the image had dried, I went over the image with my Sepia pen to darken up any lines that had got a bit lost with my colouring.

I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set it using Stampendous Detail White embossing powder.  I diecut the sentiment using a Lifestyle Nesting Circle die and my Big Shot and punched a small hole using my Stampin' Up 1/16" hole punch

I layered the image onto kraft cardstock using Tombow Mono Multi glue, tied on the Pink Sorbet twine and popped the sentiment up using 2mm dimensionals.  I popped the finished panel onto a white cardstock base.

I added some sparkle to the balloon and the bunny's cheek using my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  Lastly I added some pale pink hearts which I picked up at a Craft Show back in 2019.  There is no brand name on the pack.  

I think you could use the card for many occasions such as an Anniversary or Friendship.

This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #673 - CAS  

Craft Catz - Challenge #538 - Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Metal  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon. 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Colorado Craft Company - Birthday Wishing AJ373 - clear set

Ink:  Ranger Potting Soil Archival, Versamark Watermark

Designer Papers:  None

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Embossing Buddy, Stampendous Detail White embossing powder, Heat Gun, Lyra Watercolour Pencils, Jasart Voyager watercolour discs, #2 and #4 round paintbrush, Twine, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, pink hearts, 2mm dimensionals, pale pink hearts (from stash), Tombow Mono Multi glue, Tacky glue, 140lb Watercolour Paper, Kraft and Black cardstock, White card base 

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles

Punches:  Stampin' Up 1/16" circle handpunch

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