Graffiti 1st Birthday


I have a quick card share for you today with a card I made my one year old nephew for his birthday.  I wanted to make something a little more ‘edgy’ than the more traditional baby animals and toy trains etc so opted for a more grungy look making a graffiti card for him.

Graffiti cards are great to make as the more mismatch and variety you can get in your stamped images the better.  I have used a number of different birthday stamp set I had in my collection and stamped them randomly on a piece of Whisper White card stock using Pacific Point, Basic Grey and Cucumber Crush ink.  I then embossed the panel with the Brick Wall embossing folder before I smudged a little Basic Grey ink over it.

Super fun to make and so versatile – change the colours and the number and you have a whole new card, maybe for a teenage girl. 


Home Sweet Home Christmas


Christmas is one of my most favourite time of year to craft and in fact I will find almost any excuse to create a Christmas project!  Last weekend my work had their Christmas party so I decided to make a table favour for each of the staff and wanted to give my Home Sweet Home Framelits from Stampin’ Up! a good work out so this was just perfect.  The dies make this project so easy but I did learn a few tips and tricks as I went along so decided to do a video tutorial as well.


All together the little houses were so cute and the wreaths were super easy to make using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies from Stampin’ Up! and the Holly Punch!  The video has all the details for you so I hope you enjoy watching.


Falling in Love – PCC220


I have had a very busy crafting week and wasn’t sure I would even have time to post all of what I have been up to but wanted to share these cards with you that include a few (okay a lot) of SNEAK PEAK items from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue for 2017.  I will be starting to mail out the Occasions Catalogue early next month so be sure to drop me a line to make sure I have you on my list for one of these catalogues – perfect holiday reading material!

 I used the sketch from Paper Craft Crew again this week for some inspiration in putting these cards together.  


I love the new Falling in Love DSP from Stampin’ Up! even though it is not a colour palette I would normally go for.  I even think this is my first ever Sweet Sugarplum card base!!


As always I made a few of these cards and they are off in the mail tomorrow to some very special friends of mine!

Balsam Hill Wreath – Stampin’ Up! Style


I am sooooo excited to share this post with you today as it is a project that I was honestly worried I wouldn’t get across the line (yes, I have those moments too!).  This is my Christmas Wreath for this year and I can’t decide whether I like it better lit up or during the day … what you do you think?


I was fortunate enough to be asked by Balsam Hill to work with one of their lovely products this Christmas season and I now get to share this gorgeous project with you.  Straight out of the box this Vermont White Spruce Wreath is impressive at a whopping 32″, simply stunning and has the most wonderful soft foliage with fairy lights already woven in!


I have often made my own Christmas Wreath using styrofoam or wire rings but I would have to say without a doubt this is my favourite wreath I have have created.  Working with the beautiful foliage on this wreath is a joy with the branches super flexible so I could get my look ‘just right’.  The first thing I wanted to do with my wreath was to make use of the fairy lights so I decided pretty quickly that they would make the perfect centre for some Poinsettia flowers.


These flowers are super easy to construction using one of my favourite sets of dies – the May Flowers Framelits Dies from Stampin’ Up!  Just using the small leaf and a mix of both Real Red and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (and after a little trial and error),  I had a pretty impressive start for my wreath.  


I am a very ‘traditional colours’ kind of gal when it comes to Christmas so my wreath was always going to head along that line.  To complement the gorgeous flowers I created some tags featuring the words from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and some holly made with the Holly Berry Builder Punch.


I used some Burlap ribbon to create bow and decided I needed just one more element so made a few little ‘presents’ from cardstock and added a bow using the Candy Lane DSP and the Bow Builder Punch.


There may be some details I have missed so please let me know if there is anything you would like to know about how to make your own Wreath like this one.


This is a big post today but before I go I thought I would share one last ‘behind the scenes’ photo for you so you can see how I set up my wreath so I could fluff it out and also add all my decorations … who knew tripods could be so handy!


Now our house is really in the festive spirit … right from the front entry way!



Hearth & Home Gift Box


I have had the Hearth & Home Framelits from Stampin’ Up! for literally ages and never quite knew what to make with them … until now!  I needed to make a box for a Christmas Candle and wanted to show-off the candle with an equally gorgeous box and the Hearth & Home framelits were just perfect!  You can see it is a simple box with just a little added trim using the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! and some sparkly Silver Glitter Ribbon – too cute!


You can see I also added a cute gift tag from the Tin of Tags from Stampin’ Up! – just the perfect addtion!

I  won’t put too much in this blog post as I have a video tutorial for you which hopefully explains everything.  


As promised, here is the finished second box I made in the video, I finally found the perfect confectionery to fill the box (strawberry and cream Lindt Chocolate!!!) -I will be giving this to a good friend of mine as a little ‘thinking of you’ gift.

I am testing some new set  ups for my video tutorials – those of you who follow me on YouTube may notice some differences – it is a work in progress but hope to improve as we go along.


PCCS#219 – Hey Chick


I have been thoroughly enjoying my play with my pre-order of goodies that will be available to all my customers in 2017.  One of my absolutely favourite new stamps sets that you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration in 2017 is this cute little Hey Chick Stamp Set.


I love the images in this set and desperately wanted to ink them up so I grabbed the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew this week and made this cute guy. 


The final thing I wanted to point out is that I am still ‘in love’ with my Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and you can see that you don’t have to just stick with the squares, circles and ovals that are the included shapes but you can also use the squares, like I did here, to make fun little banners and labels for your cards.  I don’t know how I have done without these dies for so long but I know that I won’t be giving them up any time soon.

Stitched Shaped Framelits


I am so excited that Stampin’ Up! has released their gorgeous Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies early so that we can all enjoy these fun dies for not only our Christmas crafting but for all year round projects.  Today I wanted to share with you some of the cards I have been creating  and, because I know you will ask, I also have a video on my version of the Pop and Twist card that seems to be in fashion at the moment.


This first card features the Remarkable You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and allowed me to do a little water colouring which I love but don’t do nearly enough of. 


 My version of the Pop and Twist card is made with dimensions that showcase the shapes in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set perfectly.  The largest square in the set is just the perfect matting size and then you can also add a circle if you like for an extra ‘wow’ with very little effort.


This is the super simple birthday card I made for my video tutorial and it even features the Stitched Shapes Framelits on the front of the card … love it!


This time I used the smaller Stitched Shaped framelit square and layered it onto DSP for my pop out panels. You can see that these framelits work just as well with floral (more feminine projects) as they do with bright fun cards.  I just love them!


There are loads of videos showing how to make the Pop and Twist card but thought I would share my version with you as well.  I hope you try this card if you haven’t yet, they are loads of fun and really not too difficult.


Pokemon Go iPhone Card


With Pokemon Go still a current craze and a 12 year old boy in the house I am finding I am still getting a lot of requests for this theme for birthday cards.  So here is another one that I made a few weeks back.  This time I created an iPhone using my Silhouette Cameo machine – if you also have a Cameo send me an email and I would be happy to send you the cut file for the iPhone (it is a .studio file).

I then used the Totally Trees Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! to create my background or screen for the iPhone I used the image below as a guide as I had no idea at all what I was trying to create when I got the instructions “Just make a default screen for it” hmmm.


The Pokemon ball was easy enough to create with some circle punches and then I just added the little Pokemon by printing an image I found (wasn’t too keen on creating a punch art one that small) and adhering him in place.

On Stage 2016 – Craft-T-Crew Goodies


As you probably know by now, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the globe have just celebrated together at the Onstage Live and Local events worldwide.  I was fortunate enough to attend the LIVE event in Brisbane and even more blessed to have been able to do so with a small group of my Stampin’ Up! downlines – the Craft-T-Crew.  To help celebrate I made each of them some gifts and this post highlights just some of the these.

The first of which were the cute little ‘OnStage’ boxes I made to coordinated with the style and colours of the OnStage 2016 logo.  My children thought I was making boxes for Halloween which they kind of look like!


Each of the boxes where filled with confectionary …yum!


I also gave each of the girls a little canvas bag and a card.


Inside each bag was a Bag Tag and a personalised Lanyard with their initial.


The lanyards were made using the gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo pack in the current Holiday catalogue.  The little tassles are also in the same catalogue (in the Halloween section).


The bag tags featured the Everyday Jars Framelits and coordinating Jar of Love stamp set.  I made them using some retired Stampin’ Up! canvas sheets.


Again each one was personalised with their names and they could use it on their OnStage bag (they all look the same) so they could easily find their bag.


You may have notice from my post yesterday that I love using my stamps to decorate canvas using iron on transfer sheets.  These little canvas bags from Stampin’ Up! also received this treatment, I stamped the blossoms and dragonfly from the Touches of Texture Stamp set and coloured them with my Stampin’ Up! marker pens before ironing the images on to the bags.

I have a few more photos to share but will save them for another post … so much I want to share with you so look out for more post-OnStage excitement.


Fairy Celebration Shadow Box


This little Shadow Box card featuring the Fairy Celebration Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! is something I made a few months back and I have been without internet for almost 5 months so haven’t been able to post very much to my blog.  I am slowly going to get up all the creations from the last few months now that I have internet again and thought I would start with this lovely card/box that I made my niece for her birthday.

I did get this idea from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Juana Ambida and when I saw it I decided I needed to recreate it.  It was a challenging little project that took me well over 6 hours to make, getting every little detail just right.  But I did enjoy every single moment of creating this little card, I totally love the fairies and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to colour so this project was nothing short of just pure joy.


It is actually a really tricky project to photograph to show off just how lovely it is but hope you can get the idea from these couple of images.  I loved colouring in the fairies so much that I also decided to make a matching Canvas Tote bag with the fairies on it.  I used Staz On ink to stamp onto IronOn transfer paper before colouring in the image with Stampin’ Up! marker pens.  On a medium heat setting and with no steam, I was able to transfer some gorgeous fairies onto a small tote back.  As you can see the images are in reverse after you iron them on so you just need to remember this when you are placing them on your project.