Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Tap Tap Tap

Today I wanted to share with you not only my card for this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge but also what this card is all about.

Some of you already know that my sister Wenna is a fabulous crocheter and crafter and sells some lovely creations at the local markets.  You can also see some of her cute projects on her blog –  Wen Crafting.  Recently see has started to stock some of her fabulous creations at the New Vintage pop-up shop that is run by a lovely local lady here in town.  Sandra stocks a range of gorgeously restored furniture and has recently been adding local handcrafted creations to the store and asked if I had any cards that would complement the handmade ‘new vintage’ feel of her store.  So I put together a little selection for her and thankfully she liked them enough that she is going to stock them in her pop-up shop!

I wanted to be able to provide Sandra with a good selection of cards so needed to get busy making about 50 for her in about a two weeks (and work full time) for a market event she was attending.  How did I do it so quickly?  Well, you all know how much I love my sketch challenges, I always seem to use the sketches each week to make a least a few different cards and I have a folder where I keep all of the past sketches as they are super for inspiration, especially when I have 20 minutes to make a card …. yes that happens more than you can imagine!  So with the help of some fabulous sketches I managed to get the cards completed and delivered on time and this ‘Tap Tap Tap’ card was made using this week’s sketch.

For the card I simply used a Crumb Cake base with a scrap of DSP for the background and the typewriter and keys stamped in Early Espresso ink.  With a little tearing, distressing and smoodging I had a fabulous little greeting card ready.  I love the Burlap ribbon as well as the thick Baker’s Twine for making vintage type cards so their addition was a must along with the button for the accent piece.

Now here is the sketch so you can join in the challenge this week too ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I loved the sketch this week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge (love them all really!), in fact it was one of those sketches that I made multiple cards for!  The one I am sharing with you was one of my favourites that I made, mainly because I think I am finally getting the hang of my Stampin’ Up! blendabilities and loving them to pieces.  The Blended Bloom stamp was one of the first I got from the new catalogue (actually got it at the Stampin’ Up! convention as a freebie!!) and the first stamp I used with the new blendabilities so it was used quite a lot in the early days of the catalogue but has sat for a while now without seeing any ink.  So this week I thought it would be good to bring it back out and give it another run with my Coastal Cabana blendabilities.

The great thing about colouring this stamp is that you really don’t need too much ‘extra’ to make a fabulous card.  All I added was a little Designer Series Paper, some Burlap Ribbon and a little stamping and this card was done.

Here is the sketch so you can join us this week …


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


I know that this post may seem a little odd for my timing but I made this card a few weeks back for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge (just before Halloween) and didn’t really stop to think about when I might actually be posting this card on my blog.  So although Halloween is long gone I still wanted to share this card with you.  In fact, this is my first EVER Halloween card and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  

I have been doing a lot of colouring lately with my Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities and think that I am at least slowly improving in my skill level.  I wanted more stamp sets to colour and work with but found I had almost exhausted the options from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue … then it ‘clicked’ …. MDS (MyDigital Studio)!  I am not really a ‘digital crafter BUT oh my have I started to ‘work’ this program to buy and print a whole range of retired images to use in my card making.

These little Greeting Card Kids were a stamp set that I never purchased when they were available but with MDS that is so not a problem, I only paid about $3 or $4 for these images and can print them in whatever size I need them which is just tooooo perfect.  So this little lady was printed with my normal old Ink Jet printer and then I sat and happily coloured for an hour or so (yes I am a slow colourer!).  All I had to do was add a little DSP and some ribbon and I was done.

Here is the sketch so you can join us this week ….


Star Treat Boxes

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Star Treat Box

Now that we have officially arrived in November the countdown to Christmas and my favourite crafting time of the year has begun!  Today I want to share with you some of the treat holders I am starting to make for this Festive Seasons.  These first ones are my Star Treat Boxes and are so easy to make using the Stars Framelits from Stampin’ Up!  Now if you haven’t yet got hold of these framelits you seriously need to as they are just soooooo much fun to make things with and you definitely need them to make these boxes.  The only other supplies are some cardstock, a score board and of course stamps and ink to decorate!

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Star Treat Boxes

I have kept the decorations for these boxes quite simple as I am a little pushed for time with a few projects on the go at the moment (yes I will be sharing them all here shortly!) but none-the-less I think they turned out pretty nice and would make great little ‘name plates’ at your Christmas dinner table as they even stand up!

Here is a quick tutorial so you can make some for yourself ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


With my Ronald McDonald House Charity Fundraising event now over I am finally getting a little more time for some other crafting.  However the one thing that I have been busy making is ‘thank you’ cards for all the lovely people who donated funds for our event and this is one of the cards that I made.  I love the new photopolymer stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! and use the Draw the Line set to create the background for this card using Crushed Curry ink on Crushed Curry cardstock.  With a Basic Black card base and some lovely Motley Monsters DSP the Crush Curry panel really ‘pops’.

The greeting for my card is from a great new stamp set of mine called #hello which I originally purchased for my daughter to use in her Project Life albums but I just love the “thanks so much” greeting and it all just seemed to work really well for the sketch this week on the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Here is the sketch for this week ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch

TSSC338 group

For this week’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch I decided to use the sketch to make my October thank you cards for my Stamp Club ladies.  As you may have read in an earlier post here this month we focused on the Holiday Home Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! and we had a lot of fun making not only Christmas cards but a range of other cards with this stamp set.  I usually try to make the thank you cards with the same set we use for the month that way the ladies get to see at least one more idea with the stamp set we are playing with for the month.


I loved the little tree from this stamp set but the other images that are in the set that you could use to decorate the tree seemed a little too ‘Autumn’ for what I wanted so a quick scan through my stamp collection and I found the perfect tree top!  Can you pick what stamp set I found it in?  It is the blossom from the Flower Patch Photopolymer stamp set!  I stamped it in Wild Wasabi ink onto water colour paper and then used my Aquapainter to colour the middle of the blossom in.  After letting it dry I stamped the tree in Early Espresso ink and the greeting from the Holiday Home set in Marine Mist ink.  I added a little Rose Red heart using the Owl Punch to finish the central image.  The little banner behind the image has the heart from the Holiday Home stamp set randomly stamped over it with Rose Red ink.  This is a 4″ x 4″ card on an Early Espresso card base with a layer of Rose Red card stock and some Marina Mist ribbon and Wild Wasabi DSP to finish it off.

Here is the sketch if you would like to play along too this week ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


For the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge this week I decided it was time to make another Christmas card and break open my newly acquired Ornamental Pine stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I really wasn’t a big fan of this stamp set when I first saw it in the Holiday Catalogue which I was relieved about really as my ‘Wish List’ was too long to start with LOL!   But of course over time you start to see all the wonderful creations that people make with those ‘not my favourite’ sets on the web and slowly you find yourself absolutely needing it … well that is how it works for me.  So this stamp set falls into that category and this is my first little play with it.  I decided to use the ‘Rock-n-Roll’ technique to colour the branch with Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow then I used the Early Espresso marker to come back and colour over the branch before stamping the image onto my card stock.  The image is cut out using the Circles framelits which means I have the perfect ‘next size up’ to created the matt for the image in Early Espresso card stock.  The little pine cone is stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder, I hand cut it out and used a dimensional to attach it to the card front which really makes it ‘pop’.

The DSP I used this week is from the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper pack and I just love the way it provided a subtle background for my image.  The greeting from the stamp set is also embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder and the side trimmings for the card are a little strip of Mossy Meadow card stock embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder and a length of Early Espresso cotton ribbon.  A really easy card to make and I love the green and brown tones for this creation.

Here is the sketch so that you can play along this week too ….


Monday Lunchtime Sketch


For today’s Monday Lunchtime Sketch I decided to try out a technique that I have seen around on the web for a few weeks now called the Bokeh Effect.  I have seen some really lovely cards made using this technique as well as a number of different video tutorials on several different ways to create this effect with card stock and ink.  I made a few different samples and tried out a number of the different ways and finally settle on the technique shown in the ‘Bokeh Made Easy‘ Youtube tutorial.  I was very unsure of this method when I first watched it as I am not too good with the Craft Whisper White ink … because it takes a little while to dry I tend to get it smeared and smudged and often ruin my projects.  However, after trying some of the other ways to created this effect using different shades of ink and different sized circle stamps I finally came back to the Craft White as it does really give you the nicest finished effect.

Some of the ‘Wow’ of this card is lost a little in the lack of my photographic skills as there are a few little circles of Iridescent Ice embossing on the panel that really give it great texture and a little sparkle which I loved.  One of the biggest struggles I had with this card was settling on my colour palette and this is something that really can make or break this technique.  I finally settled on Lost Lagoon and Daffodil Delight and am pretty happy with the final result!

Here is the sketch so you can play along with us this week ….


Creative Blog Hop!

Today is a bit of a different blog post for me as I was asked by the very lovely Nicole Cosgrove to participate in the Creative Blog Hop and I said ‘Yes!’  Be sure to check out Nicole’s blog which is Little pieces of mee as she shares some really neat crafting ideas there!

As part of this Creative blog hop I have been asked to answer the following 4 questions.

1. What am I working on now?

As usually I am working on more than one project at the moment as I never seem to have enough time to create everything I see or am inspired by.  So I am part way through my very first few pages of ‘Project Life’ scrapbooking our trip earlier this year to Melbourne.  This project is one I do a little on here and there as I find my feet with my first delve into the Project Life craze!!!

The other thing I am working on is my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack class for next month.  I love Christmas crafting and my annual stamp-a-stack is one of my favourite things to pull together.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy I am madly getting all the prep work together for the Ronald McDonald House Charity fundraiser I am hosting at the end of this month … so yep a little busy at the moment LOL!

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

This is a tricky question but I guess if I was to say the one thing that I do a little differently is the way I try and use my Stampin’ Up! products for something other than what they are designed to do.  My way of feeling that I get that little extra ‘value for money’ from all my crafting supplies.  I also love to repurpose items with a little bit of recycling or up-cycling!

3. Why do I create what I do?

I used to be a ‘scrapbooker’ but found that my time for crafting has dramatically reduced over the years with kids, full-time work and other things filling my time.  So now I craft to try and ‘finish’ something and get that sense of ‘look what I made’.  I have found that card making from a time perspective is just too perfect for me.  I never thought I would be ‘that into’ card making but a little card started and completed in one quick crafting session is certainly sooooo rewarding for me so most of my creations are cards with the odd 3D item through in to challenge the old grey-matter.

4. How does my creative process work?

Not really sure I have a ‘creative process’ so to speak but it generally involves starting with a Stamp Set … usually a newly purchased one (so I can totally justify why I needed to buy it!).  I then select a colour combination, usually by looking in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue or on the back of the Designer Series Papers that Stampin’ Up! sells, those combos are the bomb!  What then happens is all little mystery as some part of my brain will kick in with things I might have seen on the web (usually Pinterest) and techniques, layout and designs get mixed around until I end up with a card I am happy with.

So to share a little something with you in this post (so it is not just all text today) I am giving you a sneak peak at one of the cards from my up coming Stamp-A-Stack that I am working on.

Stampin' Up! Stamping T! - Bright & Beautiful

This year’s stamp-a-stack is based on the Bright & Beautiful stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and is very different as it will be my first year NOT using the traditional red and green colour combo for my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack … living dangerously!

Now this would hardly be a ‘blog hop’ without giving you a fabulous place or two to visit from here.  So I have chosen two really creative and wonderful people to forward you on to as the blog hop continues each Monday.

The first lady just happens to also be my sister, Wenna McGrath who has just started her blog Wen Crafting.  My sister inherited the crocheting gene in the family as well as a lot of other creative talents that she shares on her blog.


Hi! I’m Wenna…..  I’m a crafter and love crocheting.  In my spare time I enjoy my two children and my husband.  My earliest memories of crocheting were with my Grandmother. She taught me how to crochet along with a number of other crafts as she was big on all things crafty under the sun. I realised later in life that what I learnt from her was more than something I use to do to humour her. Now I enjoy being able to create something from just a ball of wool and a hook.

I began Wen Crafting in 2012 after I started crocheting hats for my new born daughter, Edina. The hats were a necessity as she was not blessed with a strand of hair on her head.  They soon became a big hit with parents at Jackson (my son) school. People started commented on how lovely and unique the designs and styles were and asking me to make them items.  

So what started out as a necessity has fast become a fun crocheting and crafting adventure and as my children grow and change I continue to grow and adapt my ‘crafting skills’ to continue creating new and fun projects.

I am very new to the world of blogging, although I have followed many blogs for a long time, I never really considered that I would ever start one of my own so I was a little unsure about joining in on this Creative Blog Hop but thanks for the invite!

The other lady is someone who is not only very talented but someone I am lucky enough to call a wonderful friend, Leonie Schroder.  Leonie’s Stamp-a-latte blog has loads of creative inspiration so be sure to pop over for a look ….


My name is Leonie and I live in the South West of Sydney with my hubby and two teenage daughters – yes two teenagers – what was I thinking??

I first got into cardmaking 18 years ago when I was on maternity leave after having my first baby and wanted to make a card for a friend who had just had a baby. I found some teddy diecuts on ebay and the lady I bought them from was a demonstrator for a craft company.  From there I found Stamping groups on Yahoogroups.  There was a lady who became a sweet friend and she was a demonstrator in USA for Stampin’ Up! I looked at the catalogue and just fell in love and ‘arranged’ some stamps through her … oh my … I loved how they came in sets and the way they stamped. I was so sad that we couldn’t get them in Australia so had to persevere with what we could get here.  Then in 2006 Stampin’ Up! announced they were coming to Australia and I knew I had to join! It was perfect timing for me as I’d stopped stamping the year before and had even considered selling all my craft stuff as in 2005 I’d lost a baby at 36 weeks (Trisomy 18) and my world came crashing down and really was in a bad way with depression the previous 12 months and this really was the ‘therapy’ I needed.

I joined Stampin’ Up! in the August of 2006 and really it has blessed me in so many ways. I’ve met some wonderful people – some as customers, some as other demonstrators and some as downlines and many have become very dear friends like Tanya.  I’ve earned two international Incentive Trips and travelling overseas was something I’d thought I’d never do! One was to Salt Lake City where I attended the Stampin’ Up! Convention and actually met some of those dear Demonstrator friends I’d made from all over USA and the UK over the past 8 years – what a huge blessing.

Thank you so much Tanya for inviting me to be part of the Creative Blog Hop – another blessing!!

Aren’t these two amazing ladies?  Don’t forget to check out both Wenna’s blog and Leonie’s blog next Monday to see what they are creating and those who inspire them!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch


This week for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge I decided to make a wedding card, not because I need one but just because I haven’t made one in ages and really wanted to use my Big News stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Between this set and Bravo! I am hard pressed to pick a favourite I really love having some big bold greetings and these two sets are just tooooo perfect!  Now my colour combination for this card is also a little different for me but I decided to just go for it and used Basic Black, Smoky Slate and Real Red with a touch of Very Vanilla.

I love the DSP I chose for this card and it comes from the Flashback Designer Series Paper which you wouldn’t really associated with being suitable for a wedding but I thought the little flowers were just too sweet and the red gives the right touch of colour for this card.  My punch art wedding rings are not very sophisticated but they are enough (I hope) to just finish this card off nicely.  Now all I have to do is get myself invited to a wedding with a Black, Grey and Red theme and I am all set LOL!

Here is the sketch so that you can play along this week too…