Monday 29 April 2013

A Baby Card


A couple of weeks ago I posted a little series of cards all based on the same design. You can see the previous post here.  Today I have the last of the cards for you. This card was a commissioned card, made to be given to a couple to congratulate them on the news that they were to become great grandparents.

You can see the changes I made to this one - I used one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits instead of an oval. The main panel is matted by cutting two more labels and cutting them in pieces to be able to extend the shape outwards. A fantastic trick when your Framelits aren't nesting like the ovals.

I rolled the Baby Tees wheel in the background and then stamped the sentiment over the top. I stamped it off once first to reduce the intensity of the colour, which is Island Indigo.

Love, love, love the All In The Family stamp set for making cards like these easy to personalise a little more.
Stamps: Sassy Salutations, All In The Family, Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel
Ink: So Saffron, Island Indigo
DSP/Cardstock: Tea For Two DSP, So Saffron,  Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon, Paper Snips, Dimensionals
Bye for now,

Friday 26 April 2013

School Holidays


So sorry for the lack of posts lately - it's school holidays and I have not had a spare second to papercraft during the days and I'm too tired by the time they go to bed. Normally our school holidays are pretty quiet, but not this time!  Here's a little taste of just how busy we have been.

Alex celebrated his 10th Birthday. He had a few friends to sleep over.

A trip to the beach.  Yes, my crazy children decided to go swimming in April.  Needless to say they didn't last long in the water, but still enjoyed building sandcastles.  Rob and I chilled on our towels.

Woo Hoo! A night out to see one of my favourite singers.  I last saw him in Melbourne 21 years ago! He's looking a bit older, but still rockin'.

We had to take a selfie while waiting for Bryan Adams to start!

Hudson in hospital following a MRI.  Don't worry, nothing happened, it was just a routine scan to see if anything has changed in his brain. Funny story (well funny now), I told the nurses he wakes up screaming from a General Anaesthetic but they assured me he would be ok and they could deal with it, I was to wait in the ward for him.  An hour later I get an urgent call from the Recovery Ward, would I please come down as he's screaming and we can't settle him. Hmm, what would I know, I'm just his mum.

The big kids had a trip to the comic book shop in the city with Dad. No trip to the city is complete without a photo at the Mall's Balls. (And yes, my husband has succeeded in turning my kids into comic book nerds!)

Thought I'd better include a picture of myself! A lovely day saw us heading off for a game of Mini Golf.  Alex, Ada and I all scored a Hole In One (actually I got 2 lol), but Rob won on the day.

The kids had a few play dates.  Just after I took this photo I heard "If you don't let go I'll fart." Boys!

Harbour Town had some holiday activities, including these water balls.  Ada is in the pink ball and Alex is in the green one. They get filled up with air with the kids inside and then rolled into a pool of water.  It was hilarious watching the kids try to stand up and doing all kinds of tumbles.  Rob wanted a turn, but I was happy to watch from the sidelines!

Two more days of holidays and then back to school. We've booked in to go bowling on Sunday, so still a little more fun to be had before the holidays are over and we're back to the usual routine.

Bye for now,


Friday 19 April 2013

JAI #162: Just Try A New technique


It's another week at Just Add Ink, so another challenge for you. This week Delys has challenged us to try a new technique - one that you haven't tried before.  I decided to try the cracked glass technique.   You can find a tutorial for it here.
The technique basically involves many layers of clear embossing over a stamped image which is then cracked and has ink applied to seep into the cracks. I love the antiqued look it gives, like crazed porcelain.

I probably didn't do enough layers as it didn't quite crack the way I wanted it to, but I still think it looks pretty good!

This card was for my mum for her birthday. I hope she likes it!

Stamps: Field Flowers, Just Believe, Well Scripted (retired)
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
DSP/Cardstock: Print Poetry DSP Stack, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Crochet Ribbon Trim, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Antique Brad

Bye for now,


Friday 12 April 2013

JAI #161: Just Add Colour!


Yay! Time for another Just Add Ink challenge! This week Mae has pulled a gorgeous colour combination directly from the Colour Coach. Midnight Muse, More Mustard and Rich Razzleberry are not colours I'd think of putting together, but I think you'll agree that they make a fabulous combination!
Sale-A-Bration was in full swing when I made this card, so apologies for using a now-retired stamp set!

I really love the colours - they are so rich and vibrant and work so beautifully together.

So? What do you think you'll do with the colours? Can't wait to see!

Stamps: Sweet Essentials, Sassy Salutations, Bloomin' Marvelous (retired SAB)
Ink: Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard
DSP/Cardstock: Floral District DSP, Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Paper Doily Sizzlit, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon

Bye for now,


Wednesday 10 April 2013

A Party Card


I have been posting some photos of cards all made using the same design. You can see the previous card here. Today I have one more in the series.

This card was made for a party I did for a lovely group of ladies recently. I made a few more changes, such as changing the DSP. It's still the Tea For Two DSP, just a different paper in the pack. I also left off the stitching - I wasn't going to lug my sewing machine to the party! I did keep the style of ribbon from the last version, I just switched the ribbon to suit my cardstock better.

Speaking of cardstock, the matting layer is now made from the Primrose Petals Coredinations cardstock, embossed with the Lacy Brocade Embossing folder and then sanded to give the lovely texture and design a lift.

We kept the inside simple by stamping some butterflies.

Stamps: Make a Wish, Bloomin' Marvelous (retired SAB)
Ink: Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade
DSP/Cardstock: Tea For Two DSP, Primrose Petals Coredinations, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels Jumbo Pearls, Dimensionals, Sanding Blocks

I still have one more card in my series, so come back soon!

Bye for now,


Monday 8 April 2013

Tea For Two Birthday Card


Last week I posted some photos of a card I had made for a swap. You can see that card here. Today I have a second card I made using the same design. I made it for my niece's birthday.

As you can see I made a few small changes. I added a strip of the Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon across the card and an extra layer of Calypso Coral cardstock.

I also skipped the distressing on the Honeycomb panel using Crumb Cake ink.

Here's the inside of the card. Fairly simple, but it really adds something to the card.

Stamps: Make A Wish, Sassy Salutations, Bloomin' Marvelous (retired SAB)
Ink: Early Espresso, Pretty In Pink, Calypso Coral
DSP/Cardstock: Tea For Two DSP, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Basic Jewels Pearls, Dimensionals.

I still have two more versions of this card, so stay tuned for more!

Bye for now,


Sunday 7 April 2013

JAI Scrap #16: Just Add Siblings!


How much fun is this - the new Just Add Ink Scrapbooking Challenge starts just after My Digital Studio is introduced to the South Pacific market? I couldn't wait to let loose on the new challenge using MDS. I selected the challenge this week and it's all about siblings! There are so many ways you could interpret this theme - it's all up to you.

I chose to scrap some photos of my eldest two children and my desperation to get a nice photo of them together. I love that they (mostly!) get along so well and have a fairly close relationship. I just wish they'd let me photograph it!!!

In the above photo I thought I'd share with you how I used the Delightful Digital Tape to create a banner. The tape is like masking tape, but better because with a few clicks of your mouse you can rotate, recolour, reposition and add a drop shadow.
You can also just see the flourish stamp from Artistic Etching. I digitally stamped it with a watermark 'ink' to give a very subtle effect.  It gives the background DSP just a little more oomph.

Do you agree with my journalling? Sometimes you get what you want, only to find that what you had was better!  I love that I finally got a nice photo of them together, but I absolutely love the main photo. It shows more of their true relationship, especially that Ada can be a pesky little sister, but that Alex loves her anyway.

To go with the cheeky feel of the photos I added some text stamps to the photos. So that they didn't distract from the title of the layout I reduced the opacity to about 20%. The WHAT! stamp was cropped down to remove the GUESS part - it didn't really work as GUESS WHAT. Can you just hear that WHAT! said with all the attitude of a pre-teen?
MDS Elements: Downtown Grunge DSP #1, Delightful Digital Tape #1, 2 and 4, Stitching Zig Zag, Artistic Elements Large Flourish, Lemonade Stand hooray!, I Heart THIS, RATS! and GUESS WHAT!
I hope you can join us in this month long challenge at Just Add Ink, whether you scrap traditionally or using MDS.
Bye for now,

Friday 5 April 2013

JAI #162: Just Add Inspiration


Yes, it's Just Add Ink time again! This week Trish has found this gorgeous image to inspire our crafting. There are a ton of ways it could inspire you!

I took my cue from the colours and came up with this card.

It had been ages since I'd used French Foliage and this seemed the perfect opportunity! I started with some Very Vanilla cardstock and did some collage stamping down the left hand side.  The rest of the cardstock looked too bright after I'd finished so I sponged it lightly with Crumb Cake ink and then spritzed the whole card with my Early Espresso Marker.

The leaf was rock 'n' rolled using More Mustard and Cajun Craze ink before being trimmed and popped up on Dimensionals.

I carried the same stamping through to the inside.

Stamps: French Foliage, Sassy Salutations
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
Other: Paper Snips, Dimensionals

How will this image inspire you this week?

Bye for now,


Wednesday 3 April 2013

A Swap Card


I recently participated in a card swap.  To do a swap you need a group of people to participate, let's just say 10 people, but it could be any number really. So those 10 people each make 10 identical cards and then send them to the person hosting the swap. The host then sorts the cards and sends them back out to the rest of the group so each person ends up with 10 different cards.  It's lots of fun and the anticipation of getting the cards back is exciting!

Most of the products on my card are from the current Seasonal Catalogue. I really love the Tea For Two DSP. So perfect for pretty, feminine cards.

I used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and then distressed it a little using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge.

I really loved this design and ended up using it on a few cards I made recently.  I will blog them soon.

Stamps: Make A Wish, Bloomin' Marvelous (retired SAB)
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pretty In Pink
DSP/Cardstock: Tea For Two DSP, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder,, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Jewels Pearls, Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge, Sewing Machine and Thread.

Bye for now,


Monday 1 April 2013

Happy Hello Mini Album


I have one last Sale-A-Bration project to show you.  If you subscribe to my newsletter you would have seen this project last month. If you'd like to receive my newsletter you can sign up over there on the right.

I decided to use the Happy Hello Simply Sent Kit to make a mini album. I love making mini albums! This one will be used later in the year for my daughter's 8th birthday photos.

I cut the cards in half and used the front half to make flaps on the pages of the album. On this flap I used some of the stickers that came with the kit to hide the hello printed on the card.

The back half of the cards were used to make flaps on the inserts in each of the page pockets. You can see them on the right in the above photo.

The envelopes were used to make the pages/pockets in the album. There are plenty of places for photos and journalling in this album.

Finally, these are the leftovers from the kit - one card, two envelopes, 6 lengths of twine, 6 rhinestones and plenty of stickers.  I will use these to finish decorating the album when I put the photos in.

Supplies: Happy Hello Simply Sent Kit, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey and Whisper White cardstock, Polka Dot Parade DSP, Chipboard

Bye for now,